The University of Wisconsin football team added what is likely the final piece to its 2013 recruiting class on Saturday when it received an oral commitment from junior college transfer cornerback Tekeim “T.J.” Reynard.
Reynard, 5-foot-11, 175 pounds, spent one season at Independence (Kan.) Community College and will be eligible to play this season. He has three years of eligibility remaining. He is originally from Virginia Beach, Va., and attended Greenbrier Christian Academy in Chesapeake, Va.
He picked UW over Colorado and Georgia Southern. He was recruited by Badgers safeties coach Bill Busch.
“I knew I wanted to be a Badger after talking to the coaching staff and them telling me about the new schemes of their defense,” Reynard told BadgerNation.com. “They told me how I would fit in and elevate their defense. I feel excited about it and can’t wait to dominate. This is just the beginning of something special.
“I’m an impact player and a dynamic player. You’ll see a passionate player with a lot of energy on the field for Wisconsin. I just can’t wait.”
The Badgers are young and mostly inexperienced at cornerback. The only cornerback to start a game is sophomore Darius Hillary, who has one career start. Hillary and junior Peniel Jean were the projected starters coming out of spring practice.
Injury problems hit the position in the spring. Junior Devin Gaulden, who is coming off knee surgery, had a setback that required more surgery in the spring, although he hopes to be ready for fall camp. Redshirt freshman Hugs Etienne is returning from shoulder surgery and also missed time in the spring.
UW coach Gary Andersen has talked about the importance of recruiting junior college players who are good fits and giving them a chance to win starting jobs in fall camp. The Badgers have signed two junior college transfers, quarterback Tanner McEvoy and safety Donnell Vercher.