Wisconsin dips into Kentucky to offer one of the state's top juniors on Jairus Brents

Kentucky is usually not an area Wisconsin heavily recruits, but defensive back coach Jim Leonhard offered four-star junior Jairus Brents Wednesday.

Louisville Waggener Tred cornerback Jairus Brents had started developing a relationship with Wisconsin and secondary coach Jim Leonhard over Twitter for the last few weeks. The more he learned about the Badgers, the more the four-star junior got excited about the program.

So consider him thrilled when Leonhard offered him a scholarship, saying Brents was a perfect fit for the Badgers’ defense.

“They think I am a great player,” Brents told BadgerNation. “They had been watching my film and feel like I would be a good fit for their program … Just from watching their games, I know they have a great defense. It looks like they have really good defensive coaches. The corners have good techniques. Their defense is great.”

Wisconsin has been trying to build its cornerback depth for the last few seasons, looking for athletic corners with a mixture of ball skills and confidence. That fits Brents, who has delivered 11 tackles and two interceptions through three games his junior season, numbers even more impressive when he says teams rarely test his side of the field.

“I’m a cover corner, a shut-down corner, a press corner and I can play zone, too,” Brents said. “Mostly I’m a one-on-one guy. I like to playing man-to-man, and I can run a 4.29 (40-yard dash), so I can make you for a lot.”

“I have natural speed, but I’ve worked a lot on technique,” he added. “I’ve put in a lot of work.”

Brents has over 13 offers, including IndianaKentuckyLouisville and Tennessee. He claims no favorites, although he’s visited nearby Louisville several times. Still working on his visit plans, Brents said a trip to the Wisconsin-Ohio State game next month isn’t out of the question.

“I want to check them out for a game or something and meet the coaches,” Brents said. “I want to check out the facilities. Wisconsin is a big offer for me.”

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