Mary Langenfeld-US PRESSWIRE
Two defensive backs arrived early to Madison.
Early Thursday afternoon, Wisconsin announced defensive backs Keelon Brookins and Sojourn Shelton have enrolled early at the university. That, of course, means they'll be part of the Badgers' spring roster and will get a semester or so jump on the rest of UW's 2013 recruiting class.
DB Keelon Brookins
5-foot-11, 185 pounds
St. Paul, Minn. (Tartan)
Brookins was a four-star recruit by Rivals and a three-star prospect by Scout and ESPN. Among those three outlets, he was the No. 32, No. 58 and No. 74 cornerback in the nation. Brookins missed 12 games of his senior season due to injury, though he finished with nine career interceptions. He also doubled as wide receiver, scoring seven touchdowns in four years. Elsewhere, Brookins won the 2012 Minnesota Class AA state title in the 200 meters as a junior.
For the "FWIW" category, Brookins was a three-time All-Academic selection and a three-year honor roll member. He also has a 40-yard dash time that ranges between 4.3 and 4.36, the latter per the St. Paul Pioneer Press (cached link).
DB Sojourn Shelton
5-foot-9, 175 pounds
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Plantation)
As a four-star recruit and the nation's No. 26 cornerback by ESPN (as well as a three-star recruit by Rivals and Scout), Shelton's recruitment was slightly more publicized. He becomes the latest Florida native to join Wisconsin's secondary, following in the heels of Aaron Henry, Antonio Fenelus, Dezmen Southward, Peniel Jean and a bunch more.
As a senior at Plantation, Shelton notched one interception, 16 pass break-ups and 22 tackles. He also returned three punts for touchdowns, potentially aligning him to fill the void whenever the Badgers are faced with the post-Jared Abbrederis era (not quite yet, fortunately).
Shelton started as early as a sophomore, when he picked off four passes. As a junior, he added three more picks.