Hallmon Hoping to Visit Wisconsin

Although originally eliminating Wisconsin from his final five before committing to Rutgers, Weston (FL) Cypress Bay defensive back Deion Hallmon, who has de-committed, now says the Badgers are one of his favorite schools.

Having already once narrowed his scholarship list from over 30 offers to one, Weston (FL) Cypress Bay defensive back Deion Hallmon is starting over from scratch.

Originally committed to Rutgers over his other three finalists, Notre Dame, Syracuse and West Virginia, in August, Hallmon reopened his recruitment a little over a month later after deciding he didn't do himself justice by checking out enough schools.

"Rutgers is a good program and I meant no disrespect or anything, but my mom told me I should just take my officials and that I shouldn't just be stuck on one school," Hallmon told Badger Nation. "I wanted to take all my visits and compare it. I didn't feel I gave everybody a chance."

One of the schools the 5-10, 175-pound Hallmon eliminated late in the process was Wisconsin. The Badgers targeted him over the summer and were among his final cuts.

Hallmon was supposed to take his first official visit to Wisconsin on Oct. 12, but had to cancel because he didn't have his ACT scores available. Since getting a 23 on his ACT, Hallmon plans to set up a visit with Wisconsin for later in the season, assuming the Badgers still have spots available in their 2014 secondary.

"I talk to Coach Beatty a lot and I like him," said Hallmon, referring to UW's wide receivers coach. "I really like him. He's been telling me how I would fit into their defense. They have a pretty close family over there."

Hallmon calls Wisconsin one of his favorites, especially since he has a previous relationship with true freshman cornerback Sojourn Shelton and sees an opportunity to contribute early in a defense he is familiar with.

"I want to see the campus and meet the players and the coaches," Hallmon said of Wisconsin. "I've heard a lot of good things about them, so I am anxious to see what they all have to offer."

Recording seven interceptions last season to lead his team to the Class 8A state championship, Hallmon has also lobbied his coach to play receiver this season. When he finally got the chance, he had three catches for 115 yards and a touchdown. He also added two blocked kicks on special teams.

"As a team we're getting better every day," Hallmon said. "I am playing on both sides of the ball to help my team get to a championship. Individually it's about me working hard to help my team win."

Hallmon also plans to take an official to West Virginia and possibly visit Nebraska, Syracuse and West Virginia. He plans to decide no earlier than December.

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