Wisconsin Adds JUCO Cornerback

In what appears to be the final piece of Wisconsin's 2013 recruiting class, the Badgers get a verbal commitment from Independence (KS) Community College cornerback Tekeim "T.J." Reynard Saturday.

Stating that the University of Wisconsin will continue to recruit the class of 2013 until the last minute, Badgers coach Gary Andersen decided to make a late run at an under-the-radar defensive back who could provide assistance to a young group of cornerbacks.

Having been aggressive on the recruiting trail since the beginning, Andersen and his staff's research appears to have paid off.

Getting a full scholarship offer following spring football, Independence (KS) Community College cornerback Tekeim Reynard knew there was no better place to make an impact than at the University of Wisconsin.

Giving his commitment to the Wisconsin coaching staffs while on an official visit to the campus, Reynard - nicknamed "T.J." - becomes the 18th full scholarship member of Wisconsin's 2013 recruiting class and will enroll this summer with three years of eligibility remaining.

"He shows excellent feet and has a real good burst," Independence head coach Steve Carson told Badger Nation. "That's the thing we noticed in fall camp with him. He has good ability to change directions, flip his hips and things you need to play in the back end that are really critical. When we started scrimmaging, he showed the ability to be an excellent tackler. That's not always a common ability you see in the secondary guys."

Reynard started as a cornerback for Independence in the preseason but was moved to safety to bolster the team's secondary. Reynard finished 11th in tackles per game, 18th in total tackles and 13th in solo tackles in the NJCAA. Reynard led his team in total tackles recording 88 total tackles, 56 solo tackles, five pass break-ups and two interceptions.

"He's a kid that's a sure tackler," said Carson. "That was the big reason he ended up playing for us. In college, his best position will be corner or a nickel guy for somebody."

Reynard picked Wisconsin over Colorado (who he took an official visit to last week) and Georgia Southern.

Carson said Reynard ended up at his school thanks to his defensive line coach, who ran a solid connection with Reynard, who is originally from Virginia Beach, VA, and Reynard's parents. With good character and good academics, Carson has no reservations about bringing him to his program and thinks he'll be an excellent fit at Wisconsin.

"I've coaches at that level and I think he can get in there and play and do a good job," said Carson, who was a secondary coach at Wisconsin from 1985-86. "He's a good player."

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