While Wisconsin works to finish out its 2017 recruiting class, the Badgers hosted a pair of prospects who could become valued targets in the future.
Hosting a number of defensive backs over the weekend, defensive backs coach Jim Leonhard introduced River Rouge (MI) 2018 safety Reggie Pearson and Detroit 2019 cornerback Xavier Goldsmith to the Wisconsin experience.
“It was awesome,” Pearson told BadgerNation, rating the visit ’10 out of 10.’ “I had the time of my life. I visited with my two cousins Ambry (Thomas) and Jaylen (Kelly-Powell) plus my close friend, Xavier and all four of us loved it. I connected with coaches. Coach Leonhard is very personable and friendly, makes it easy to be around him and the whole staff.
Goldsmith called Wisconsin an "once-in-a-lifetime school," saying Leonhard was a big reason why the Badgers stick out in his mind.
“Coach Leonhard is a man’s man," Goldsmith said. "He is hard on his players, but at same time very positive. He expects a lot out of his players, and I like that. He brings out the best in every player. The whole staff is really easy to talk to and personable. We talked about N.B.A. playoffs and it was just an overall very enjoyable time, especially with my close friends from home.”
Pearson currently holds offers Iowa State, Syracuse and a handful of MAC programs. The 6-foot, 190-pound safety calls Wisconsin "the real deal," and said the Badgers want to see how he progresses during his junior season before an offer is extended.
"I can't wait to visit junior year,” Pearson said. “They said they want to see how I progress and will go from there, but if I keep working hard they said they would offer me during the season. It would be a prayer answered. They would automatically be the leader for me; that's how much I love Wisconsin. They have it all. The coaching, campus, previous history and more."
Goldsmith already has six offers – including Army, Cincinnati and Toledo – and says a Wisconsin offer would be equally as impactful to him.
“If Wisconsin offers, they'll definitely be in my top three, and probably my leader,” Goldsmith said. "They have outstanding relationships with their players and we all noticed that. It was something that really stood out to me. They take care of each offer, and that's one reason why an offer would mean so much to me."