Wisconsin has not landed a recruit from Michigan since three-star lineman David Moorman in the 2015 cycle, but that seems to be changing. Reggie Pearson, a three-star safety from River Rouge (Mich.) High School, opted to end his recruitment early and commit to the Badgers late last month, becoming the first 2018 commit for Wisconsin so far.
“To start, it was always one of my dream schools,” Pearson told Today’s U. “They also have everything I need to get to the next level. Coach [Jim] Leonhard and I are a lot alike. He played 10 season in the NFL, and he would know how to get me developed to make it there. Also they are willing to let me early enroll, they have my major, Engineering, and I have a lot of family in Madison.”
Over the past several years, Wisconsin has fielded a stout defensive front, and Pearson looks to contribute as a strong safety at the nest level, which is where he lines up now.
“That’s where I want to play,” Pearson said. “I like the part of covering and coming up and hit. All schools are looking at me as a safety. I’m gonna play safety at the next level and the next level.”
In particular, Pearson sees himself assuming a role quite similar to that of Wisconsin redshirt junior safety Leo Musso. In two games so far, Musso has accumulated six tackles and one pass deflected and is a important piece of the Badgers’ defense.
Although Pearson is content with his commitment to Wisconsin and is excited to play in Camp Randall Stadium at the next level, the heady safety will continue to take unofficial visits to other schools in order to ensure he made the right decision. In terms of which schools can expect to host Pearson, the three-star prospect is planning on taking additional trips to Pittsburgh, Arkansas and potentially Michigan State when he is not on Wisconsin’s campus.
Other schools, though, are getting in contact with Pearson to kick the tires and see if there is any interest from the Wisconsin commit. Programs such as Oregon, Northwestern, UCLA and recently TCU all reached out to him once the September 1 contact period began.
More schools are sure to join that list of schools in recruiting Pearson since he is off to a quick start in his junior season. So far, he has recorded 15 tackles, four pass deflections, one interception and one fumble recovery in limited action, a testament to his level of preparation.