Jean: "I Liked Everything About It"

Narrowing down his scholarship list, Palm Beach Central (Fla.) cornerback Paniel Jean decided that it was time to start fitting in official visits. Jean's first stop took him to Wisconsin, a visit that made a solid impression on the Badgers' top cornerback target.

MADISON – Being the only recruit on an official visit, Paniel Jean knew that he was going to get to spend plenty of one-on-one time with the coaching staff.

But once he got to campus, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound cornerback from Palm Beach Central (Fla.) High got more than he bargained for, being totally impressed by what the Wisconsin experience had to offer.

"I liked everything about it – the coaches, the players, the facilities, the stadium, the fans, everything was good about it," Jean told Badger Nation. "The thing I like the most is the players are always supporting each other, no matter what. Even if they are competing for a spot, they are all like a family. The coaches are real down to earth, and I like that a lot, too. They made me feel like home and that they can take care of me for the next five years."

From being picked up at the airport by recruiting coach Charlie Partridge to being hosted by fellow Florida secondary members Dezmen Southward and Antonio Fenelus, Jean got to spend time with assistant coach Kerry Cooks, as the cornerback coach told Jean how a talented player like him could fit into UW's defensive scheme.

"We built a real strong bond," Jean said. "I told them that I like all the different schemes that they play, from Cover 2 to man-to-man defense. It really requires you to be a solid player and prepares players for the next level."

Jean also was surprised to find out that he was the top cornerback on Wisconsin's recruiting board, and that the Badgers originally offered him because of how impressed they were with how he is as a person and how he performs in the classroom and the field.

"They told me that I was the top cornerback that they were going after," said Jean of Wisconsin, who has a commitment from Milwaukee Marquette cornerback Michael Trotter. "I really take that to my heart, that a big school like that with a lot of good players out there really likes me and that I am their number one guy. They keep in contact with me a lot, and I really like that."

"They aren't recruiting as a defenseman, just as a football player, because they said that they only recruit football players," Jean added. "They think I am a down-to-earth player, that I won't cause any trouble and I have good academics."

Wisconsin was Jean's first official visit, and Jean is trying to set up visits to Connecticut and Maryland, but that is proving challenging with Jean's Friday night football schedule and the two team's early kickoffs.

Jean also dispelled the rumor that he had committed to Oregon per his Facebook account.

"That wasn't true," Jean said. "I really like them and I have a lot of interest in them, but it wasn't serious."

Registering 50-plus tackles and three interceptions last season, Jean has continued his solid play, recording 30 tackles through six games, even forcing, recovering and returning a fumble for a touchdown.

With Jean hoping to take two more visits, the talented cornerback hasn't set a deadline for his final decision.

"I don't have a strict deadline, but just when I feel comfortable with all the schools that are recruiting me and coming after me the hardest," Jean said. "It's more than football, it's what schools that are going to help me academically, make me a better person and a school that is going to help me before I get to college and after I get my degree."

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