After losing two players that were expected to come in and help strengthen the secondary immediately, Wisconsin is looking at junior college options, such as Arizona Western safety Pat Martin.
Leaving shortly into his redshirt season at Tennessee, Martin had roughly 40 tackles, 10 pass break ups, three fumble recoveries and a touchdown from an interception, spending the season working on coverage assignments and going one-on-one with receivers.
"I think I am a very physical safety that can come in that box and give great run support," Martin told Badger Nation. "Covering tight ends and wide receivers I can do by how well I play the ball. My tackling is great by wrapping up and making that tackle. I am a well rounded strong safety. (Pittsburgh Steelers safety) Troy Polamulu is my idol, so I pride myself to play like him."
The 6-1, 205-pound safety – rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com – appears ready to jump back into Division 1 football. Getting six offers since May, Martin has cut his list down to three – Southern Miss, Illinois and Wisconsin.
Although Wisconsin has yet to offer, Martin was in contact with defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and was informed that the Badgers have sent his transcripts to the admissions office for enrollment before offering.
"Coach Aranda basically told me that I was the perfect fit for their strong safety spot and he liked how I played the game," Martin said. "He liked the film, but we had to go from there. He sounds like an inviting coach and a guy that I would really like. I would love to play for him and he was also saying how they play their safeties and put them in cover. It sounded like what I have been doing my whole career, so it sounds me and him could have a good chemistry."
Martin says a Wisconsin offer would mean he would likely take an official visit before signing day. With three years left at the Division1 level, Martin is looking for a place that he could step in and make an impact from the start.
"I have enjoyed watching them play and it is a great program," Martin said. "They basically have won the Big Ten the last few years and been in the Rose Bowl a lot, so that is attractive, too."