Committed Over: Callahan (FL) West Nassau cornerback Ke’shan Pennamon committed to Wisconsin over other favorites Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech. He also had Power Five conference offers from Colorado, Rutgers and Utah.
Rated: Pennamon is ranked a three-star prospect and the No.22 cornerback in Florida, No.54 in the south and No.128 the country by Scout.com.
On Film: Previously playing at Jacksonville (FL) University Christian, Pennamon, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound prospect, is a speedy all-around athlete who stars in the return game. Pennamon is a hard-nosed defensive back that does a good job of wrapping up and driving through his defender. He has no problem coming up in the box and getting his nose dirty in the run game, but also does a good job of getting his hands on the receiver and knocking them off their route.
Although he's slated to perform on the defensive side of the ball in Madison, Pennamon is a slippery athlete on offense that has the speed and elusiveness to pile up yards in a hurry. This hard-hitting and versatile playmaker is always looking to hand out punishment, and possesses some nice upside heading into his collegiate career as well. – Florida Recruiting Analyst Corey Bender
Recruiting Impact: Going into the weekend thinking he was going to commit to the Badgers, Pennamon followed through by pulling the trigger, a decision that was likely met with huge relief by the coaching staff. UW wants to sign around five defensive backs in 2016, a move likely to help the program replace the graduation of four scholarship cornerbacks. UW already had a commitment from Patrick Johnson, but Johnson is projected at safety, making Pennamon the first corner in the class.
So who could be next for UW? Florida prospects Carlos Becker and K.J. Sails (listed at safety but projected to play corner) took official visits to UW this past weekend, as well, but have many more officials to take. If we’re guessing, both appear headed elsewhere, likely NC State for Becker and Iowa for Sails. UW also had Pittsburgh commit Therran Coleman on campus this weekend for an official.
UW has been trying to get Terrell Burgess and Lorenzo Burns – a couple California prospects – on campus without success yet. Burns in particular has been trying to visit UW since late June. Henry Miller is good friends with Becker and has the Badgers in his top 10 but hasn’t shown much interested in the program lately.
One player to watch for is Armunz Mathews out of Tallahassee (FL) North Florida Christian. He’s currently committed to South Florida, and maintains they are still his favorite, but will be taking an official to UW this weekend and is really good friends with a couple of UW commits. He’ll be announcing his final (we think) decision Nov.12.
Quotable: “I love Wisconsin. The tradition of the school is amazing. The fan base, the facilities, academic department, all of that draw my attention. Then when I met the players and the coaches, it was a bullseye then. Wisconsin just fits me well and it's where I want to be.” – Pennamon
Final Thought: While he said Wisconsin is where he wants to be, Pennamon generated some interesting responses when he tweeted he will still keeping his options open to other schools. He sent that nugget out roughly a minute after his commitment broke. That tweet has since been removed. So what to make of it?
For starters, Pennamon is going to Georgia Tech this weekend but says he’s going to support his brother who plays for the Yellow Jackets. Pennamon told me that his relationship with defensive coordinator Dave Aranda is very strong and that he’s building a good relationship with secondary coach Daronte Jones. While I asked him what it would take for him to switch his commitment, he said a school has to show him more than what the Badgers have to offer. When I asked him how easy that would be, his response was poignant: “it won’t be easy.”
Bottom line, I expect Pennamon to be in this recruiting class, which would be a really nice pickup for the Badgers in a state that has given the program some talented defensive backs.