Jean Staying Motivated

With all the talent in south Florida, many college coaches will find a solid prospect every direction they look, a main reason UW assistant coach Charlie Partridge has recruited the state so hard during his career. His presence has caught the eye of safety Paniel Jean, who is anxious to learn more about the Badgers.

MADISON - Even with plenty of solid offers on his table, and plenty of sun in southern Florida, Palm Beach Central safety Paniel Jean doesn't want to take a day off.

Despite being one of the top performers at the Miami Combine earlier this spring, Jean, an aggressive 5-foot-11, 185-pound cornerback, has been hitting the ground running six days a week.

"I run everyday except for Wednesday," Jean told Badger Nation of his offseason conditioning. "To me, I feel that other kids are getting faster and that I need to try to work as hard as the other kids. I feel a lot of quicker and that I have gotten faster."

Jean has put his new speed to the test this summer by attending camps at Florida, Florida State and Miami, the latter of which Jean said he was matched up against and held his own against some of the best wideouts in the nation during one-on-one drills.

"I went down there (Miami) to compete and see how I match up with other guys from my area," Jean said. "Going against some of the top players in the nation, I think I did well because they (Miami) started to show more interest in me after the camp."

One of the schools that has shown a lot of interest in Jean from the start has been Wisconsin and assistant coach Charlie Partridge, who has been a fixture recruiting south Florida since coming to Madison. Recruiting Jean as a cornerback, Partridge has been keeping tabs with Jean via handwritten letters.

"They told me in many letters that they like how physical I am on the field, my attitude and how I don't give up on a play," Jean said. "Coach Partridge is a great guy and I really like him. I am looking forward to taking an official visit in the fall."

Finishing his junior season with 36 tackles and three picks, Jean has more options on his plate than just the badgers and the Hurricanes, as he also has offers from Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Connecticut, Marshall, Maryland, Middle Tennessee, Northern Illinois, Western Kentucky and Western Michigan.

With Jean not planning on making a recruiting commitment until the fall, his only goal this summer is to stick to the track, hoping to improve himself to make him an even-bigger commodity.

"I do well tackling and being at the right spot at the right time," Jean said. "I still think I need to better my footwork. I want to work on my footwork so I can get quicker to cover quick players. That's my goal before I start taking my visits."

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