Commitment Impact: Jeremy Patterson

The 18th commitment of the 2014 recruiting class, Jesup (GA) Wayne County defensive lineman Jeremy Patterson adds some depth to a unit that will lose plenty of seniors next season. Badger Nation looks at Patterson's impact.

Committed Over: Jeremy Patterson picked Wisconsin over offers from Clemson, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina and North Carolina State.

Rated: Patterson is currently ranked a three-star prospect and the No.42 offensive tackle in the country by Fox Sports Next.

Evaluation: Jeremy Patterson is a kid I have seen grow for 2.5 years now. He has good size and he is a big body in the trenches. He is up over 300 pounds now after being just 235-240 pounds two years ago. He started out as a defensive end, then moved to tackle and has played a lot of offensive guard over the past year. As his body developed and filled out, he moved positions.

He could play on either side of the ball on the next level. I think his highest ceiling personally is at offensive guard, but with Wisconsin taking him as a defensive lineman first, we will talk about his game there.

At defensive tackle, he is more of a plugger in the middle. He can be a two gap player and fill the gap and allow linebackers to get up the field to the football. He can help push the pocket back and control the line of scrimmage, but he is not someone I expect to shoot the gaps, beat the guards to the hole and to pressure the quarterback a ton with quickness.

He is more of that big body that can stuff the run, clog holes and allow others to get free lanes to the ball. Solid quickness, but not very explosive off the ball. He is a quicker OL than he is DL at this point.

He will only get better at Wisconsin. He is still on the raw side, he is still developing fundamentally and his will get better with his hands, pad level, and feet over time. He needs to work on disengaging and finding the ball quicker. He can play with his head down at times.

Patterson is a 6-foot-3 plus, 315-or-so pound versatile lineman. He is fairly athletic and he has some upside on either side of the ball. Wisconsin gets another very good prospect out of the south who will fit in nicely up north.

- Fox Sports Next South Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons

Recruiting Impact: Losing four seniors in the defensive line rotation entering next season, rebuilding Wisconsin's front unit was a high priority for this year's staff. The addition of Patterson gives Wisconsin seven defensive linemen on paper, depending on how UW utilizes Rohan Blackwood and Billy Hirschfeld. Wisconsin is still in play for a couple defensive ends, but this should wrap up UW's pursuit of defensive tackles (although four-star Ainuu Taua might still have interest).

Quotable: "He visited (Wisconsin) with his best friend (Krenwick Sanders). They are as close as brothers. Ever since they were in middle school they've been best friends. Jeremy also visited North Carolina State without Krenwick, but at the end of the day the relationship he has with the coaches at the University of Wisconsin and with Krenwick just won him over." – HS coach Jody Grooms.

Final Thought: Wisconsin has gone over a decade without getting a kid out of Georgia. The Badgers now have gotten two in a span of 18 days. While Sanders provides an immediate weapon in the passing game, Patterson will likely need a year or two to build up his repertoire at the nose tackle position. Even so, Patterson is a versatile athlete who UW covets.

Like I said on Twitter, I know these kids haven't play one snap of college football, but this UW staff is doing things in recruiting that the former staff never could do. A lot of credit goes to Thomas Hammock for finding a couple quality kids to start opening up a pipeline into the Peach State.

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