Smith Makes Pledge

Going into last weekend, Devin Smith (5-10, 180, 4.5) was one of the top cornerbacks in Texas that was still on the board but after his trip to Wisconsin he is no longer on the open market.

Devin Smith

"I called coach (Brett) Bielema when I got home Sunday night and committed," said Smith. "He said he was real excited and welcome to the program."

The Coppell (Texas) cornerback said that the plane ride home from Big 10 country made him realize that Wisconsin had everything he was looking for.

"The trip was great and I enjoyed it a lot," he said. "The campus, the school, the academic side and then of course the football program was everything I had hoped to find throughout this process. On my way home it just hit me that Wisconsin had everything I wanted in a school."

Smith had a couple of things that he was keeping a close eye on his visit and with the help of Badgers' defensive back Jay Valai (host) and several coaches he saw what he was looking for.

"I got along well with all of the players I hung out with and it was a close-knit team," Smith said. "You got that family feeling from the players and since a lot of them were from out-of-state that meant a lot.

"I spent a lot of time with the coaches too, especially coach (Kerry) Cooks (defensive backs coach). We talked a lot about where they saw me in their system and the chance I'd have to get in the mix early on."

Wisconsin is a long way from home for Smith but that distance factor never came up and played a factor.

In fact, it may have helped the Badgers land the 3-star corner.

"I felt like I could go up there and feel comfortable," he said. "I didn't have any hesitation at all because of distance. I feel like I need to go be my own man and with the help of the coaches and the players at Wisconsin I think it will feel just like home. I can't wait to graduate and get up there and start my life."

Smith is the 24th commitment for Wisconsin and with his pledge the Badgers may be able to crack the Top 25 in's team rankings.

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