The list of in-state high school players to receive scholarship offers from Mike Eaves is pretty short. It takes a big time talent to be an land a UW offer before your senior hockey season begins without playing junior hockey.
That is the case with Waupaca senior forward Brad Navin who sources tell me has accepted an offer Mike Eaves and the Badgers. (Ed. Note: Wisconsin Prep Hockey is also speculating a Navin commitment)
Navin has been a hot name in recruiting circles this fall after tearing up the Upper Midwest High School Elite League with Team Wisconsin.
The 6'2 183 pound center has a nack for finding the net. While in the Elite League this fall, Navin led TW in scoring and finished tied for third in league scoring. Last year as a junior with Waupaca, Navin led the state of Wisconsin in scoring with an astounding 92 points (53 goals) in only 25 games.
This fall he was also rated a "B" player by NHL Central Scouting which means they view him before his draft year as a player projected to be drafted between the third and fifth round.
According to an article written by Chris Walby from Wisco Hockey in mid-October, Navin was considering Wisconsin, Ohio State, Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota and Bemidji State for his college destination.
Navin, the odds on favorite to win the Wisconsin Mr. Hockey award this season was briefly listed on the roster of the Sioux City Musketeers (USHL) at the end of the Team Wisconsin season. He has since been removed and it should be assumed that he will finish his high school career with Waupaca.
Mr. Navin will spend at least a year in the USHL after this high school season and come in for the 2012 or 2013 season depending on his development and roster availability.
Committed forward recruits:
Brendan Woods-Muskegon (USHL)
Matt Pappe-Sioux City (USHL)
Tyler Lapic-Chicago (USHL)
Cody Strang-Youngstown (USHL)
Morgan Zulinick-Salmon Arm (BCHL)
Nic Kerdiles-US NTDP U17
Corbin McGuire-Fargo (USHL)
Brad Navin-Waupaca (WI HS)-or 2013
Updated committed recruits statistics
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