Wisconsin football recruiting: Badgers land DT Jeremy Patterson for 2014

Jeremy Patterson at Doak Campbell Stadium in June 2013. - SB Nation Recruiting

The Badgers brought in their third defensive tackle of the 2014 class.

Wisconsin received its latest 2014 commitment Saturday in the form of defensive tackle Jeremy Patterson. A 6-foot-3, 310-pound prospect from Jesup (Wayne County), Ga., Patterson is considered a three-star tackle per 247 Sports' composite rankings. A teammate of recent Badgers commit and wide receiver Krenwick Sanders, Patterson is the nation's No. 39 defensive tackle and the No. 40 player from Georgia for 2014.

Patterson chose Wisconsin over offers from N.C. State, Clemson, Florida, Florida State and North Carolina. Citing the possibility of early playing time at UW, Patterson chose the Badgers despite the lengthy distance from home.

"I can play my freshman year at Wisconsin," Patterson said. "They play good on the defensive line. When I went there on the visit the whole staff was really supportive of me."

Running backs coach Thomas Hammock was the lead recruiter for Patterson, while defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a gets the assist.

Patterson is the Badgers' second commitment of the week, after tight end Beau Benzschawel flipped from Syracuse. He's also the third defensive end for 2014, alongside four-star Craig Evans and three-star Joe Keels. Evans remains a soft commit, as he's still considering Arkansas, Michigan State and UCLA.

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