Mark Donofrio will be making $300,000 this season as a quarterback coach at the University of Wisconsin.
D’Onofrio’s employment contract was handed over to the State Journal via an open records request, which indicates that D’Onofrio will offer the same amount that Bill Sheridan agreed to when he joined the staff this winter. D’Onofrio replaced Sheridan After the latter resigned after the NCAA began investigating him for possible Air Force recruitment violations.
D’Onofrio’s contract runs for two years and is due to expire on June 30, 2024. He received cash to move transportation expenses, and would owe $50,000 if he terminated the contract before it was completed.
Salary figures for the Badgers’ reconstituted coaching and hiring team will be finalized later this month, but the salaries of six of the 11 coaches on the field show the program will spend more than it did last season. Total coaches’ salaries totaled just under $9 million, and the six known coaches’ salaries totaled at this time $8.925 million.
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Find out about the 2023 recruiting class for Wisconsin Football
Three-star midfielder Tyler Jansey became the first member of the Badgers Recruitment Class of 2023 when he announced his commitment on January 28, 2022.
The 6-foot-1, 225-pound indoor linebacker ranks as the 10th best player in his class in Illinois, in the Rivals. He had 36 tackles and 5 sacks in a six-game season when he was a sophomore, and he followed that up with 88 tackles and 16 tackles to lose in 11 games as a rookie, according to MaxPreps. Jansey has chosen UW over performances from Eastern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Toledo, Miami (Ohio), and others.
I want to thank Pasha Football and Pasha High School. I would like to thank Coach Kelly for everything. Finally my family. I am very excited to say that I have committed to continuing my education and football career at the University of Wisconsin! Joshua 1:9 Romans 11:36 #in_wisconsin pic.twitter.com/kob6QX1wnb
– James Durand (@JamesDurand17) May 6 2022
James Durand became the first attacking lineman in the 2023 class when he committed on May 6, 2022.
Producer Chandler, Arizona, is a 6-foot-6, 285-pound producer/ranger who has a number of performances. Among the suitors were Arizona, BYU, California, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa State, Oregon State, and Utah. Durand visited UW in late March and took his show this weekend.
Durand has quick feet and good balance, which allows him to fend off defenders in passing blocks.
Justin “GT” Taylor
Justin Taylor, the three-star defensive linebacker, became the first minor member to join the class when he committed orally on May 13, 2022.
Taylor is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete who can play in a corner position or next-level safety. He performed for Kansas State, Army, Air Force, and others before committing to UW. The producer of Nazareth Academy (La Grange Park, Illinois) is a native of Broadview, Illinois.
His bar shows good speed and instincts when playing the ball in the air.
The Badgers have plunged into talent-rich Ohio due to the talented running of the Jackie Keys. Keys is a four-star prospect according to Rivals, but he is a three-star in the 247Sports ratings.
Keyes’ relationship with UW moved quickly. He made a visit to UW on April 16 and tweeted that he had received an offer the next day. Keys orally committed to UW on May 13, 2022.
He’s listed at 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds and Twitter mentions that he can run a 40-yard dash with a duration of 4.5 seconds.
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UW’s recruiting success in Illinois continued with the commitment of three-star defensive linebacker Trey Pierce. Pierce joined the class on May 19, 2022.
Pierce is listed at 6 feet 3 and 280 pounds and his recruitment was intensifying when he committed to the UW. He got offers from Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Purdue, among others. His highlight bars show good upper body strength and the ability to stay low and not move out of place.
Milwaukee Rufus King’s three-star Nate White became the sixth inductee in the 2023 class when he announced his decision in late May.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound fast driver had received offers from Iowa, Minnesota, Purdue, Kansas and others before being selected for UW. The white averaged 8.6 yards per carry and had 20 touchdowns as a junior, According to WisSports.net statistics.
I couldn’t wait any longer, no other place like Madison. I’m OFFICIALLY AT HOME‼️ To my TJ teammates, let’s win another ring! Recruitment closed🦡Tweet embed Tweet embed Tweet embed Tweet embed @ 210 Tweet embed Tweet embed @Breal412 pic.twitter.com/0lOWWuHkXB
– Jordan Mayer (@ Jordanmayer33) June 12 2022
The UW added long-standing and powerful full-back Jordan Mayer to its enlistment category on June 12, 2022.
Mayer, a potential 3-star player listed at 6-foot-4, 235-pounds, played a defensive role in high school but would join the Badgers’ outside quarterback. Boston College’s previous commitment was to choose between UW, Cincinnati, West Virginia and Virginia Tech. Mayer hails from Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania.
Three-star athlete Colin Dixon had opportunities to play wide in the college receiver and safety, but chose to join the vast reception room at the UW.
The Tallmadge, Ohio, producer was receiving nearly 1,500 yards as a junior and had shows from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Purdue, among others. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound receiver was delivered on June 13, the day after his official visit to the UW.
UW defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard and Cornerbacks coach Hank Poteat dived into Texas to secure a commitment from high rise player AJ Tisdell.
The original College Station is a three-star recruit according to Rivals and had offers from Baylor, California, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt and others before choosing UW. Listed at 5 feet 11 and 175 pounds, Tisdell shows fluidity in his hips and strong hands on attack point.
Trech Kekahuna, a potential three-star receiver, added another member to the Hawaiian-to-UW Pipeline when he introduced himself orally on June 19.
Kekahuna, listed at 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, attended St. Louis High School in Honolulu, the same program that produced UW outfield lineback Nick Herbig. Kikahona is scheduled to play his first season at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas.
Kikahuna has the ability to contribute as a revenue.