Commitment Impact: T.J. Reynard

The 18th verbal commit of Wisconsin's 2013 recruiting class, Independence Community College T.J. Reynard can be a versatile cornerback for Wisconsin. Badger Nation looks at Reynard's impact.

Committed Over: Tekeim Reynard committed on May 4 on an official visit to Wisconsin, picking the Badgers over offers from Colorado (where he took an official visit last week), Kentucky and Georgia Southern.

Rated: Not ranked.

On Film: Reynard looks to be a solid tackler who finishes plays. The stats back that up. In the NJCAA last season, he finished 18th in total tackles (88 tackles) and 13th in solo tackles (56). He also added five pass breakups and two interceptions. Primary working in a 4-3 defense, Reynard reads the play well, able to detect early if it's a run or a pass and make a play on the ball.

He has good burst, good speed, changes directions well and plays bigger than his 175-pound listed size. He was used on special teams last season and was able to be an effective downfield blocker.

Recruiting Impact: The impact of Reynard's commitment can be felt on three levels.

1) The Badgers' 2013 class is now complete with 18 players (15 high school seniors, three junior college players) and it was a class that shored up the secondary depth. The Badgers grabbed five defensive backs in the class, three who were recruited after the coaching change by Andersen. The other two Andersen didn't recruit – Keelon Brookins and Sojourn Shelton – have been on UW's campus since January.

2) Recruiting junior college kids are here to stay. In seven years under the old coaching regime, the Badgers signed only one junior college player. Since February, the Badgers have signed three. Being a former junior college player himself, Andersen sees junior colleges as important pieces to filling out a team's roster if the player is the right fit. Getting a quarterback and two defensive backs certainly fills some gaps in the roster.

3) It's evident that safeties coach Bill Busch has taken the place of Joe Rudolph and Charlie Partridge as the staff's best recruiter. Since being hired in January, Busch has secured three commitments in the 2013 class (Reynard, CB Jakarrie Washington and QB Tanner McEvoy). Busch was also involved with securing Shelton and Donnell Vercher.

Quotable: "I knew I wanted to be a Badger after talking to the coaching staff and them telling me about the new schemes of their defense. They told me how I would fit in and elevate their defense. I feel excited about it and can't wait to dominate. This is just the beginning of something special."

Final Thought: Dating back to the former coaching staff, Wisconsin wanted to add a junior college defensive back to add experience. That was for safety though and not cornerback. Reynard could be an immediate fit with UW as a nickel cornerback or, if someone injured or struggles, as a starting cornerback. This is a good pick-up by Andersen this late in the process.

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