Committed Over: Potomac (MD) Bullis School safety Patrick Johnson committed to Wisconsin over other finalists Georgia and Pittsburgh. He had over 20 offers, including Michigan State, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Virginia, Wake Forest and West Virginia.
Rated: Johnson is a three-star prospect and ranked the No.34 safety in the country by Scout.com.
On Film: Johnson is a ball hawk who reads plays well and has a very good feel for the game. He plays safety at Bullis, and he gets to both sides of the field in coverage. He has plus instincts and reads plays quickly. He is comfortable coming up in run support. In coverage, he needs to be a little more fluid in his backpedal, but that will come. He is an intelligent player who competes hard. He drives well on the ball thrown in front of him. – National Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn
Recruiting Impact: Johnson joins Pickerington (OH) Central safety Seth Currens as safeties in the 2016 class, a position of importance considering both projected starting safeties – Michael Caputo and Tanner McEvoy – are graduating after this season. It was rumored that UW would sign only two safeties in this class, but there are a handful of other talented prospects out there who are interested in the Badgers.Three-star safety Eric Burrell (Owing Mills, MD) is favoring Duke but says Wisconsin is a school he has to take an official visit to before deciding. “They’ve really believe in me,” Burrell said about Wisconsin. “They’ve been talking a lot to me and have been keeping up with me on Twitter constantly. The interactions with me show thy have a lot of love from me. There’s a bunch of coaches talking to me.” Wisconsin has also been in contact with Minneapolis North three-star prospect Tyler Johnson, who wants to visit the Badgers for a game in the fall. Minnesota is the school recruiting him the heaviest and probably his leader. Four-star safety Craig Watts, who was committed to Wisconsin June 20 and de-committed July 10, is still in the picture but unlikely.
Quotable: “Wisconsin has one of the best defenses in the nation, which is great, and it adds a high value to have an opportunity to play for such a great defensive staff. It’s a great opportunity for me.” – Patrick Johnson.
Final Thought: Wisconsin recovered from the sting of losing Watts by landing a more-than-capable prospect in a fertile recruiting region who, most importantly, wants to be at UW. Johnson fits an immediate need for the Badgers and is a well-rounded athlete. While Currens looks like a player who will need a year or two to develop, Johnson has the intangibles to step right into the mix and become a contributor for the Badgers’ defense.Recruited mainly by Daronte Jones, Wisconsin’s first-year secondary coach is starting to emerge as the staff’s most aggressive recruiter. Having been tied to prospects from coast-to-coast, Jones could really bring in some special prospects before it’s all said and done.