Saturday was important day for Wisconsin on a variety of fronts. On the football field the Badgers were in front of a national audience looking to make a statement that they were national and Big Ten title contenders. In the stands were many highly regarded prospects looking to be impressed by the program.
Despite the crushing 30-23 overtime loss to Ohio State, Wisconsin made a move with several prospects and impressed just about all those in attendance. The Badgers didn’t need to make a move with three-star River Rouge (Mich.) safety Reggie Pearson, the lone commit in the 2018 class, but he certainly walked away impressed.
“This was the best college football game I’ve ever been too,” Pearson told BadgerNation. “The crowd was very energetic. They’re very involved. The student section has to be the best student section in college football, and I would do anything to experience that again as a recruit and as a player.”
Having lost to two top-four teams in the country this season, the Badgers have seemingly convinced the public (including Pearson) that they are capable of being a top program under head coach Paul Chryst.
“They (Wisconsin) are great,” said Pearson. “They played their heart out, put everything on the line, but missed a couple plays and that sort of cost them the game. I’m still super proud of them even though they lost.”
Having already taken multiple visits to the campus, the 5-11, 185-pound Pearson is getting more and more comfortable with the setting of his future home, especially with the amount of love he is receiving from the coaching staff.
“I’m really comfortable with everything at Wisconsin,” Pearson said. “It really feels like home because it has that Michigan feel to it and I see that the coaches are really starting to care about me and my family. I like that.”
Having committed in late August and playing well for his high school, Pearson acknowledged that he is bound to receive more interest from other colleges. He said he’s been in contact with Arkansas, Michigan and Oregon and has been getting heavily pursued by Michigan State, a coaching staff Pearson said he’s known for years.
Even so, Pearson says he has not wavered on his commitment and has no intentions of doing so.
“I’m 100 percent committed to them (Wisconsin),” said Pearson. “I've already spoken with their academic adviser on starting my academic process. I will be a Badger … I'm sold on those Badgers.”
“To be honest, receiving more offers would be great, but I don’t want to waste anyone's time,” Pearson added. “Wisconsin has always been a dream school for me since I was little.”
It’s no secret that Pearson is excited and motivated about the prospect of eventually suiting up in the UW secondary. In fact, the defensive standout already has set several goals for once he arrives on campus.
“I’m going to contribute my part in helping them win games and have the best defense in college football,” Pearson said. “We’re going to create that old school winning tradition again. I'm coming in with a mentality of becoming a true freshman starter.”
“There’s no need for UW fans to worry,” he added. “They have a great team and a 2018 safety who is committed to making UW the absolute best it can be.”