Taking a closer look at Wisconsin 2016 commit Seth Currens - a safety from Pickerington, Ohio

Taking a closer look at the incoming members of the 2016 recruiting class, BadgerNation profiles Pickerington (OH) Central safety Seth Currens.

Seth Currens


Commitment Date: 5/30/15

Commitment in the Class: Fourth


Accolades: Rated the No.2 safety in Ohio, No.5 in the Midwest and No.51 in the country … first-team all-state by Associated Press as a senior, recording 73 tackles, 3 interceptions and 9 pass breakups ... also recorded 669 passing yards, 254 receiving yards, 250 rushing yards and 15 total TDs as a senior ...Columbus Dispatch All-Metro selection as a senior and special mention All-Metro as a junior ... team MVP and team captain as a senior ... finished four-year varsity career with 209 tackles, 13 interceptions and 26 pass breakups ... also lettered in basketball and track and field

Recruiting Story: Having recruited the state of Ohio for years, Wisconsin offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Joe Rudolph knew a lot about Currens, an athlete who played multiple sports, multiple positions on the football field (quarterback, safety, receiver and special teams) and was not highly ranked by recruiting sites. That’s the kind of player Rudolph loves, a reason he took two visits to Currens’ school and brought along then-defensive coordinator Dave Aranda on the second visit with a scholarship offer.

“I’ve known him for a while,” Currens said of Rudolph, who had recruited him since his sophomore year. “We connected last year and I definitely liked him a lot. When I found out he went to Wisconsin, I definitely realized that there was something there and hoped he remembered me at least. That was definitely something he brought up.”

Illinois was the school Currens was most interested in, making a pair of visits to Champaign, but the Badgers quickly rose to the top of his list. Comfortable with Rudolph, Currens committed just two months after getting his Wisconsin scholarship.

Why Wisconsin? “Wisconsin was just the right school. They were recruiting me early when nobody else was really looking at me that hard. I knew Coach Chryst from back in Pittsburgh and it just clicked. I went up there and it was the nicest place I’ve been. It was awesome.”

Scouting Report: This is a player that loves to play the game, and whatever his ceiling is as a player, that's what Wisconsin is going to get from Seth Currens. He gets it done in the classroom and is a leader for his team. He rarely left the field the night I saw him, and I think he will see the field first as a special teams player for Wisconsin. This is a very safe take for Paul Chryst and the Badgers. Seth Currens fits the profile of so many guys before him that came to Wisconsin underrated, with something to prove, and then went on to be major contributors. There is a lot to like with this recruit. – Scout’s Ohio recruiting analyst Bill Greene 

Coach’s Quote: “His leadership stands out. He’s been a captain on his team. We had him up at camp when he was already committed and he wasn’t going to work out at camp. The competitive nature took over. He found some cleats and went out there. We watched him on film and he was playing free safety and some tight end, but then this (past) year shows the vibe he has on the team. Their team’s star quarterback goes down and they didn’t put the backup in, they moved Seth to quarterback. He played quarterback most of the year until the starter got healthy and he moved back. That tells you a little bit about the value he brings.” Former Wisconsin defensive backs coach Daronte Jones

BadgerNation Prediction: Currens got a big rankings bump during his senior season because it was evident how valuable he is to a program, possessing good size and athleticism that allows him to transition between multiple spots. Wisconsin sees him as a free safety – hardly a foreign position to him – and will be the starting point for him. Depending on how he grows and learns, Currens could develop into an outside linebacker or a strong safety, making him a valuable asset to the Badgers.

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