Badgers Land JUCO Defensive Back

Tiquention Coleman makes his pledge

Following Wisconsin's home defeat, the Badgers get good news on Sunday, as Georgia Military College defensive back Tiquention Coleman joins the Badgers' 2013 recruiting class.

MADISON - Losing three senior defensive backs after the season, Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema went outside his norm to recruit a junior college defensive back who he hopes can help fill the void next season. Georgia Military College Tiquention Coleman is ready for the challenge.

The 5-10, 190-pound Coleman is the 17th commit to Wisconsin's 2013 recruiting class and only the second juco player to commit to Wisconsin (defensive lineman Dan Moore), making his decision after his official visit to Wisconsin over the weekend and after developing a solid relationship with Bielema.

"Coach Bielema called me and that meant a lot to me, getting the word from him instead of an assistant coach or from just a recruiter," Coleman told Badger Nation of his initial interaction. "Him calling me and telling m he loves, wants me and that I remind him of Bob Sanders, which he recruited from Iowa. He said he sees a lot of dog fight in me and thinks I can produce for the team right away.

"That means a lot for him calling me and hearing it from him because he is the head man. He also talked to my step dad and mom, which meant a whole lot because most of the coaches recruiting me not once have wanted to speak to them. That is what is most important is getting their input and seeing how they feel about the situation. That just meant a lot to me."

On his official visit, Coleman spent time talking with the Wisconsin coaching staff, including defensive coordinator Chris Ash and defensive backs coach Ben Strickland, and bonding with Wisconsin commits Jazz Peavy and Rob Wheelwright.

"What I like about Wisconsin is that the coaching staff shows the upmost love towards me and I feel like they would welcome me into the program," said Coleman. "I do know a lot of people from Wisconsin … (and) it is good in-put to hear good things about Wisconsin. I haven't really heard any bad things about Wisconsin … I do know they have sent a lot of guys in the league like J.J. Watt, Nick Toon and many more guys."

Going the junior college route after being lightly recruited, Coleman has registered 50 tackles, 11 pass breakups, three interceptions, three force fumbles and one return for a touchdown.

Despite only holding offers from Georgia Southern and UNC-Charlotte, Coleman took a visit to Arizona when the Wildcats beat USC and has been getting interest from Kentucky, Ole Miss, UCLA and Washington State, but said the visit to UW – where he said there was an 80 percent chance he could commit – was everything he wanted.

"All those (coaches) were excited about me making it up there," said Coleman. "A lot of schools seemed close to offering me. They just want to see a couple of game films, then they will probably end up offering me, but … Wisconsin pulled away. The big reason is Coach Bielema calling me and talking to me for about 20-30 minutes. It wasn't just about football, but life and schoolwork and the education I can get at Wisconsin."

Being the third defensive back in the class, what kind of player is Wisconsin getting?

"Most people see my highlights and only think I can stop the run, but I also got great ball skills," Coleman said. "I produce turnovers and just being a football player. Showing up in the fourth quarter and stripping the ball and just trying to get the ball back to the offense. Anytime I can get the ball back to the offense it is a plus. You can't teach instincts or in the moment to strip the ball, picking the ball, bone jar hits, knocking the ball out is all I really want to do.

"I do little things that people really don't see - taking good angles, knowing plays before they even happen, pad level and technique are just the little things. In the game if the offense throws an interception, I am thinking in my head let me go get an interception. I am always trying to keep the team up, so that is the type of player they would get.

"Badgers fans are getting a football player and are going to get a leader on and off the field. I will live and die by my work ethic."

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