Committed Over: Tampa (FL) Robinson Senior defensive end Keldric Preston committed to Wisconsin over offers from Boston College, Miami, Mississippi State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Florida and others.
Rated: Preston is a three-star prospect and ranked the No.121 defensive end in the country by Scout.com.
On Film: From a physical standpoint, Keldric Preston is one of the more college-ready student-athletes out of the Tampa Bay area for the class of 2016. Tipping the scales at a chiseled 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, Preston has active hands to disengage off blocks, and shows good pursuit and effort when tracking down the quarterback from the back side.The rising senior is a bully on the football field that plays with nice physicality and toughness in the trenches. Preston is a smart football player that does a good job of diagnosing and reacting at defensive end. He rarely over pursues and sets the edge for Robinson's defense as well. The defensive end out of Hillsborough County needs to work on his overall explosiveness and quickness off the ball, but he's a player that can step up to the plate and receive repetitions sooner rather than later once arriving in Madison nearly a year from now. – Florida Recruiting Analyst Corey Bender
Recruiting Impact: Wisconsin defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield must be a happy man tonight. Losing one defensive tackle (Jake Keefer) and one defensive end (James Adeyanju) after this season, the Badgers have added their replacements (defensive tackle Tyler Biadasz and defensive end Preston and in-state prospect Luke Benzschawel) before August 1.
Wisconsin is still young at defensive end and doesn’t need to add more prospects to the edge this year. That doesn’t mean they don’t wont. Lake Forest (Ill.) Academy defensive lineman Thomas Schaffer visited Wisconsin in the spring and wants to return for a game in the fall. He appears the most interested of all the other offered prospects.
Chandler (AZ) Hamilton four-star defensive tackle Garrett Rand has been pretty quiet with his recruitment, and Stanford appears to be the favorite, but him coming to Madison this month for an unofficial visit is a good sign that the Badgers have a chance.Long Beach (CA) St. Anthony defensive end Curtis Weaver is also in the conversation and has said that he would like to take a visit to the campus in the fall. Outside them, no other prospect currently on Wisconsin’s radar appears likely.
Quotable: “Being from Florida and you tell people you are going to Wisconsin, they tell you that there is nothing up there but fields and football. I went up there expecting to see nothing but a whole lot of fields with a football stadium in the middle. It’s not that at all. The campus is really spaced out and there’s a lot to do there. The city of Madison is based on that whole Wisconsin vibe and it’s got great energy.” – Preston
Final Thought: After four-star safety Craig Watts abruptly de-committed from Wisconsin earlier this month, it was wondered how that decision would affect the Badgers’ ability to recruit the state of Florida. As it turns out, it would have no impact at all. The talent-rich state continues to yield talented prospects for Wisconsin and Preston is no exception. He was in Madison less than a day but fell in love with the energy he felt on campus. Combine that with his strong relationship with defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, Preston knew shortly after he left that he found his home.