Commitment Impact - Seth Currens

With defensive backs having such a high priority in Wisconsin's 2016 class, the Badgers got things rolling over the weekend by getting a commitment from an athletic, versatile athlete in Seth Currens. BadgerNation breaks down the impact.

Committed Over: Pickerington (OH) Central safety Seth Currens committed to Wisconsin over offers from Bowling Green, Illinois, Marshall, Miami (OH), Ohio, Robert Morris and Toledo.

Rated: Currens is currently ranked a two-star athlete by

On Film: Currens has great length and overall size for a safety. He is a ball hawk and had a lot of interceptions last season. He can also help in run support. Speed appears to be average, but has the frame that could fill out to 225 pounds. Even though UW will start him at free safety, I would not at all be surprised to see him play outside linebacker for Wisconsin. He is an under-the-radar player but Coach Rudolph has known about him for over a year. His perseverance paid off, as Currens is the kind of player you want on your team. – Ohio Recruiting Analyst Bill Greene

Recruiting Impact: Wisconsin is losing at least five defensive backs following the 2015 season (both projected starting safeties and one starting corner) and only signed one projected defensive back prospect – Titus Booker – in the 2015 recruiting class. You guessed it; the Badgers are going to be aggressive recruiting DBs this year.

Currens is the first of what UW hopes becomes a slew of commitments in the defensive backfield. UW is in on a lot of highly starred players, but appears to have its best shot at some of the under-the-radar prospects in fertile areas. Prospects like Therran Coleman (PA), Josh Drayden (TX) and Armunz Mathews (FL) are all three-star prospects and have shown strong interest in UW over the last several weeks.

Quotable: “Once we saw everything Wisconsin had to offer me as a student-athlete it just seemed like the right fit. This was my first visit to Wisconsin, and everything was pretty amazing.” – Currens.

Final Thought: The state of Ohio has been good to the University of Wisconsin in past seasons and that’s in a large part to Rudolph, whose connections in that state have brought some really talented under-the-radar players to Wisconsin during his first tenure. Ohio was a dead zone for Wisconsin in Gary Andersen’s reign, as UW had no solid connections to the state and rarely offered anybody. In a little under six months on the job, Rudolph has helped UW get a solid nose tackle in Kraig Howe in the 2015 class and now Currens. With so much talent in the state, that’s a good sign going forward.

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