Commitment Impact: Cornelius Sturghill

The second cornerback prospect to commit to Wisconsin's 2014 recruiting class, Memphis (TN) Melrose senior Cornelius Sturghill is a two-way athlete who adds speed and depth to UW's secondary. Badger Nation examines the impact.

Committed Over: Cornelius Sturghill picked Wisconsin over Arkansas State, Middle Tennessee, Mississippi State, Northern Illinois, Purdue, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky. He said Missouri was his other favorite, but the Tigers never offered.

Rated: Sturghill is currently ranked a three-star prospect and the No.122 cornerback in the country by Scout.com.

On Film: Whether you are watching him play receiver or cover on defense, it's clear that Sturghill brings a lot of athleticism and versatility to the field. An all-district and all-state player at receiver and safety for Memphis (TN) Melrose, Sturghill has good ball skills, covers well and competes hard.

He's an intelligent person and a prospect with a ton of upside that will help the Badgers' depth at a position that needs more talent.

Recruiting Impact: Wisconsin had already taken prospects Lubern Figaro, Austin Hudson and Serge Trezy in the 2014 recruiting class and all those players project to be safeties for the Badgers. UW went really hard after four-star cornerback John Plattenburg, but the Badgers didn't go really hard after other cornerbacks until after the season, when UW's lack of quality depth was exposed by Penn State and South Carolina.

Sturghill was on Wisconsin's radar for some time and the Badgers making him an offer earlier this month really accelerated the process.

Adding Sturghill and Lauderdale Lakes (FL) Boyd Anderson cornerback Derrick Tindal helps UW's depth, but doesn't affect their pursuit of four-star Plantation (FL) cornerback Chris Lammons, who will decide between the Badgers and South Carolina on signing day.

Quotable: "(Coach Andersen) wants to take the program to another level by recruiting more southern kids, like myself. 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." - Sturghill

Final Thought: It's evident that Wisconsin needed to increase speed and presence in the secondary, considering UW was forced to go to Demzen Southward as a nickel cornerback the final two games of the season, resulting in bad pass protection. UW has had a couple cornerbacks miss significant time with injuries and others not progressing. Sturghill's abilities certainly can help UW down the road, as the Badgers jump into another new area to find talent.

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