Sturghill Sold on Wisconsin

Committing to the program before stepping foot on campus, Memphis (TN) Melrose cornerback Cornelius Sturghill saw nothing during his official visit to Wisconsin that would make him change his mind.

MADISON - Knowing Wisconsin needed help at cornerback, Memphis (TN) Melrose cornerback Cornelius Sturghill wanted to commit to one of the Big Ten's best programs without seeing the campus.

After a weekend in his future home, the three-star cornerback knows he made the right decision.

"They welcomed me with open arms," Sturghill told BadgerNation. "I talked to coach Gary Andersen. He was very excited that I committed. Coach Strickland and Coach Chad were also very excited."

Getting the decision out of the way early allowed the 5-11, 180-pound Strughill – rated the No.115 cornerback in the country by Scout.com – to just soak in the atmosphere without worrying on his recruitment.

He went over defensive schemes with Ben Strickland, spent time getting to know head coach Gary Andersen and experienced the hockey game on Saturday night, getting a small sample size of what the atmosphere is like for football home games.

"It was my ever hockey game," said Sturghill. "I really enjoyed it. The student section was crazy. They have a lot of school spirit. That's the one thing I really liked about the fans."

The 5-11, 170-pound versatile Sturghill picked Wisconsin over eight other offers, including Mississippi State, Purdue, UCLA and Vanderbilt.

Sturghill initially wanted to commit January 18, but the Wisconsin coaching staff wanted him to wait until he took his official visit. Moving his trip up a week, Sturghill's commitment was accepted on Friday morning, one day after his in-home visit with secondary coach Ben Strickland and defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a.

"Coach Strick is a player's coach," said Sturghill. "He's very honest with his players. When I came on my official and hung with the other DBs, they were saying the same thing. He's a very active coach."

After talking with Andersen prior to leaving, Sturghill believes he'll be able to contribute early for the Badgers if he can continue to improve his football IQ.

"He wants to take the program to another level by recruiting more southern kids, like myself," said Strughill. "When I talked to him, he sounded like a very caring guy. I really feel like I can trust him, and my parents can trust him also."


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