Deep in the Heart of Texas

With Coach Cooks giving him honest answers and an eye-opening unofficial visit, Plano East star Josh Peprah gives Wisconsin its 12th commitment to the class of 2009.

MADISON – One year after getting verbals from three Texas high school prospects, assistant coach Kerry Cooks has received his first Texas verbal for the Class of 2009.

The winner, Plano East defensive back Josh Peprah, a talented 6-0, 195 pounds back with 4.5 40 speed, a 35-inch vertical leap, a 250-pound max bench press and a 415-pound squat max.

Going to only one football camp this summer (Alabama), Peprah called Cooks on Friday to tell him that he giving the Badgers his commitment over UTEP and Colorado State, the other two schools that offered him a scholarship.

"I called him after one of their practices and he was walking back to his house," Peprah told Badger Nation. "He asked me if I wanted to be a Badger and I said, ‘Yes sir, I want to be a Badger.' He was very excited."

Coach Cooks first saw Peprah at one of his practices and, according to Peprah, that's when the strong interest first started showing. The Badgers offered in the spring and the Badgers became Peprah's No.1 choice because of his relationship with Cooks.

Originally not planning on committing until later in the process, Peprah said combined with his relationship and the vibe he got from his unofficial visit in June that Wisconsin was what he wanted in a school.

"He was always real honest with me and told me how he felt I was going to fit in with the team," Peprah said of Cooks. "He told me straight up what he wanted and what Wisconsin had at each position. Wisconsin is one of the top programs both academically and athletically. The thing I liked about them is they really wanted me. Wisconsin wants me to be a factor in its program, which I could feel when I visited them.

A quick, physical player, Peprah has been lauded for his sound communication and physical play on the field. He also quipped that he was impressed with his technique but is not sure how much the Wisconsin coaches will like it.

"We'll see when I get to Wisconsin how much they change my technique," Peprah joked. "I like to speed the game up so I get a leg up on the competition. I am going to keep trying to cut routes and be quicker so I can play at the next level."

He'll get his chance as a member of Wisconsin in 2009.

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