Ready to Be a Lockdown

After breaking his commitment to the Palm Beach Post, two-star cornerback Peniel Jean, the newest commit to Wisconsin's 2010 recruiting class, reflects on his decision to become a Badger.

MADISON – In the end, the bond cornerback Peniel Jean developed with his future teammates and coaches made the University of Wisconsin the easy pick.

Taking his official visit during Wisconsin's home match-up against Iowa last month, Jean's trip made his decision on Friday an easy one, becoming UW's 18th-known verbal commitment by choosing the Badgers over Connecticut and Maryland.

"When I visited, they told me how much they could use a cornerback with my abilities," Jean said Friday. "I really had a good experience with the coaches, the players and the staff. When I called, they were really pumped about it and welcomed me into the Badger family."

Jean, who has 22 tackles and five pass break-ups this year despite missing four games with a sprain knee, is the Badgers second commit from the state of Florida, joining fellow defensive back Jameson Wright, who committed to the Badgers in September.

"It's been tough (not being able to play), but I have to focus on getting healthy," said Jean.

The plan for Jean now is to get to Wisconsin and start participating in spring workouts. Already completing the majority of his course work, Jean's preparing to enroll in Madison in January in hopes to be able to complete for playing time right from the start.

"Everybody wants to start and I am no different," Jean said. "I am going to work much harder than I ever have to be ready to help Wisconsin win a championship."

While Jean was planning on setting up visits to Connecticut and Maryland, he realized this week that the Badgers were the only school he needed to see, as his relationship with Coach Partridge was one of the big selling points of the program.

"It was just felt a great fit for me," Jean said. "My position coach was great, Coach Cooks was great, Coach Bielema was great, everything. You could tell that they wanted me in their program, which is cool."

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