Mbanasor Open to Wisconsin

Pflugerville (TX) Hendrickson cornerback P.J. Mbanasor jumped on his first scholarship offer, but has since opened up to other scholarship opportunity that have come his way, including the University of Wisconsin.

With his parents by his side, approving of the school's academics, class size and the vibe they were getting, Pflugerville (TX) Hendrickson cornerback P.J. Mbanasor was encouraged to jump on his first scholarship offer just hours after TCU extended it. He had no idea that the recruiting process was about to get so hectic so quickly.

Mbanasor committed to TCU in late January, but the four-star cornerback got an offer from Oklahoma shortly after, as well as Baylor, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State and seven other schools.

"The first offer opened some doors for me in a way, but I was also interacting with other schools who offered me as well," Mbanasor told BadgerNation. "It opened a few doors. With all the hard work I put in, I always imagine it would happen sooner or later, but the speed and the time frame was unimagined. It was really surreal and exciting."

While the majority of his offers coming from the south, Mbanasor – a four-star prospect ranked the No.22 cornerback in the country by Scout.com – got his first two offers from the Big Ten last week, as Wisconsin and Ohio State both offered.

"I talked to Coach Strickland from Wisconsin and he found me," said Mbanasor. "He said how much he loved my film along with the whole staff. He asked me if I had any out-of-state concerns or weather, but that's not a concern for me. I just want to play football and be successful."

Changing over to the 3-4 defense last season and wanting to utilize some defensive formations that put five defensive backs on the field, including three cornerbacks with speed, agility and play-making ability, Mbanasor says his 6-2 frame and 4.47 40-yard speed are what UW is looking for.

"(Coach Strickland) told me how he sees how I can fit the defensive scheme and wants me to come up to take a look at the program," said Mbanasor, "educating myself on the academic and football standpoint."

Mbanasor admitted he doesn't get a chance to watch a ton of Big Ten football in Texas, but said he did get a chance to see some Ohio State games last season.

"They had a pretty productive year last year," said Mbanasor. "With Urban Meyer being the legend that he is, he's doing big things with that program. Stuff like that definitely catches the eye of some people. I was hoping for that one (Ohio State offer).

"I had been talking to (defensive coordinator Chris) Ash for awhile, getting to know him and he's a great guy. They've been talking to me awhile and expressed a lot of interest. They just had to evaluate things to make sure I am legit. It was excited once I could finally say I had an Ohio State offer."

Mbanasor considers his commitment to Texas Christian a "soft verbal," mainly because defensive backs coach Clay Jennings, who recruited Mbanasor to Fort Worth, was hired by Arkansas in late February.

"Even before then, I was seeing other opportunities, and I was willing to explore and talk to other coaches," said Mbanasor. "With Coach Jennings' departure, it made things kind of shaky to a degree. I'm more willing now to research to schools that have offer and haven't offered to find the best opportunity for me at the end of the day."

Having already visited Baylor and Oklahoma, Mbanasor is planning on visiting Oklahoma State and plan on making some other visits to schools that have started picking up interest.

"We want to figure out what trips will be in my benefit and check those schools out," said Mbanasor. "I want to see what they have to offer, and that will definitely help me make the right decision and make sure I am at the correct place."


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