A handful of offers and a state championship game appearance, River Rouge (MI) junior Reggie Pearson is off to a pretty good start in his football career.
When he visits the University of Wisconsin this Friday and Saturday, the 5-11, 185-pound safety is hoping things get even better for him.
“Wisconsin is a dream school of mine,” Pearson tells BadgerNation. “They take under the radar kids like me and turn them into NFL draft picks. I feel I could strive under Coach Chryst and I could see myself playing for him and Wisconsin.”
Already planning on going to Chicago for The Opening on Saturday, Pearson said the main reason for the next mileage to Madison was to get a chance to see the campus, get a close look at the facilities and get a better feel for the coaching staff. Up to this point, Pearson has already built a strong bond with defensive backs coach Jim Leonhard.
“It's gonna be one awesome weekend,” Pearson said. “I've just been getting to know the coaches. Coach Leonhard is my main recruiter and we've established a great relationship. I've only been talking to him for a week or so, but I can tell he likes me and I like him a lot.”
Pearson finished last season with 77 tackles and two interceptions as a sophomore. In addition to being a first-team all-state selection, Pearson reports a 4.0 GPA, another reason why Wisconsin appeals to him.
“I take academics very seriously,” he said. “The schools I want to go to, like Wisconsin, have great academics and I know my academics show schools that I'm a great guy, hard-working kid and a well-rounded human that will be a complaint to any school."
Holding early power five offers from Iowa State and Syracuse, as well as a number of MAC schools, Pearson – who describes himself as a “ball hawk” and a “mean hitter” - believes his recruitment is only going to get better.
“I had to promote myself,” he said. “I went to all camps in my radius, sent letters to coaches and studied hard in the classroom. It finally paid off and was a huge sigh of relief when I started to pile up offers. My goal is to get 20+ offers by my junior year and give myself options. I will be promoting myself and trying to get my name out there."
"I am praying for an offer from Wisconsin. I know my talents and I work harder than all opponents,” he added. “I deserve to have an offer and I feel confident I will get one. I have spent number out hours in the gym and I will continue to work hard and show everybody my talents.”