Lamar solid with UW commitment

Atlanta area cornerback feels his style of play will suit the Badgers well

In two seasons with Ron Lee as defensive backs coach, the University of Wisconsin's secondary has developed a reputation as an athletic, physical bunch that enjoys tough, man-to-man coverage.

Deante Lamar should fit right in.

The cornerback from Lithonia (Ga.) High School gave a verbal commitment to Lee and the Badgers last week, after taking an official visit to Madison Dec. 10-12. Lamar, who boasts sprinter's speed and a knack for physical play, said Lee's style helped draw him to Wisconsin.

"I'm very aggressive," Lamar said. "I love to play bump and run. I love to come up and tackle. I love the idea of taking someone basically out of the game."

Lamar was also pleased with Wisconsin's school of pharmacy—the academic discipline he plans to pursue in college.

"What stood out more was the academic side of things," Lamar said. "They were really serious about their academics and I'm really strong into my major so that really put it over the top for me."

"I met with the head of the program at the pharmacy school," Lamar said. "I love chemistry. I love science and math. That's pretty much what got me into it."

The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder thoroughly enjoyed his Dec. 10-12 visit, which was the only official visit he plans to take.

"I had a lot of fun," Lamar said. "I met with all the coaches, all the players. Great interaction with those people."

Lamar began the season as a cornerback but switched to free safety early in the year. He also played quarterback, and amassed 1,100 all purpose yards and accounted for 11 touchdowns—four rushing, four passing and three on kick returns. He established a new county and conference record with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Defensively, Lamar said he had 72 tackles, three interceptions, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.

Lamar, a two-star recruit, also runs on the Lithonia track team and claims a personal best 10.6 in the 100 meters and a 21.8 in the 200. He chose the Badgers over scholarship offers from Mississippi, Vanderbilt, Middle Tennessee State and Oklahoma State.

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