Continuing its momentous wave of recruiting, Wisconsin adds its 19th commit in its 2018 class with the three-star Blaylock, who joins Culver City (CA) prospect Alexander Smith as cornerbacks to commit this month to the Badgers.
The 6-0, 175-pound Blaylock had two dozen offers but fell in love with the Badgers’ no-nonsense approach that gave them the edge over Stanford, his other finalist.
“They aren’t a flashy team with 25 different uniform combinations and different accessories,” Blaylock said. “They do have some nice stuff, but they don’t put all that money and effort into what they are going to wear on Saturdays. It’s more of how many games can we win. That’s the most important part. That struck a chord in me. That really is what matters. You can have cool jerseys all day long and not win a game. They were 11-3 last year. It shows that they found a formula for winning.”
Although recruited by defensive coordinator/secondary coach Jim Leonhard, Blaylock had personable conversations with head coach Paul Chryst and a number of the Wisconsin coaches.
“All the coaches said they were going to take care of me there, not just with football but with school,” Blaylock said. “I met with the academic advisors and got to talk about schedule, classes and stuff like that. It was very interesting. They really do appreciate me up there and they really want me up there. It’s a good feeling to be wanted there and feel like you’re going to be taken care of so far away from home.”
Not only did Blaylock like the visit, his parents enjoyed all aspect of the city and the program, too.
“They felt good being there,” Blaylock said. “They liked the school, they liked the coaches - Coach Leonhard, Coach Gilmore, Coach Chryst, all of them. Them being with me to feel that same feeling is a good feeling to have.”
Wanting to major in engineering, Blaylock, who finished last season with 84 tackles, roughly five tackles for loss and at least 12 pass breakups, said the school’s engineering program – regarded as one of the top 20 programs in the country – was a big factor.
“I really like it up there,” he said, relived. “I feel like I would be a good fit.”
Blaylock's commitment likely completing Wisconsin's class.