From the moment he left campus in the spring, River Rouge defensive back Reggie Pearson wanted to play for Wisconsin, but he felt he needed to prove himself during his junior year to earn a scholarship.
The Badgers surprised him in late May with a scholarship offer, and he decided Saturday was the perfect time to end his recruitment.
Despite being 18 months away from his class’ national signing day, the three-star prospect told Scout.com first that he’s committing to Wisconsin’s 2018 class.
“They know how to run the program and know of the storied success the Badgers have had over the years,” Pearson said, previously. “The players and staff all seemed to get along great when I visited, so that definitely covers the family part. The success in program is there, it's not hard to see. They have had numerous Rose Bowl trips over the years and I'll never forget watching them play when I was younger. They always appealed to me, even at a young age.”
Pearson is the first member of the class, choosing Wisconsin over offers from Iowa State, Syracuse, seven MAC offers and interest from Duke, Iowa, Michigan State, Missouri, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Stanford, Vanderbilt, UCLA and more.
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 complement to any school."
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