National Signing Day 2014: DT Jeremy Patterson signs with Wisconsin

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For National Signing Day, we are profiling each recruit that signs with Wisconsin, including defensive tackle Jeremy Patterson from Jesup, Ga. Stay tuned to B5Q all week for more coverage of Wisconsin's 2014 class.

Class
Position
Height
Weight
2014
DT
6'3
285 lbs
School
Composite Ranking
Wayne County (GA)
No. 28 DT

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One of the exciting parts of this year's class is the fact Wisconsin was able to earn two commitments from Georgia. Krenwick Sanders has the expectations from day one, but don't count out Jeremy Patterson making a fast impact, either. He's nearly 300 pounds and has a 40-yard dash time that's sub-5 seconds. Everyone's also excited about the strength he showed as a high schooler (he already bench presses 345 pounds and hang cleans 435).

But what might be the best part of Jeremy Patterson's game is his motor.

"Wisconsin is getting a real good person," Patterson said. "Some that plays hard and I will play even harder when I'm there. I'll be motivating myself to get better and better."

Rankings

Rivals 5.6 (No. 42 DT; No. 65 GA)
Scout (No. 49 DT)
ESPN 78 (No. 54 DT; No. 274 regional; No. 51 GA)
247: 86 (No. 39 DT OT; No. 48 GA)

Verbally committed Oct. 26, 2013

After Patterson joined Sanders to visit Madison for the Tennessee Tech game, Wisconsin became the favorite for his commitment. He decided to take a visit to N.C. State on Oct. 12, but two weeks later, Patterson committed to the Badgers, and despite a brief flirtation with Florida, he remained one.

Patterson also received offers from Clemson, Florida State and North Carolina. Now-former running backs coach Thomas Hammock is credited with landing him, while defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a was his secondary recruiter.

Highlights

Remarkably, Jeremy Patterson does not have highlights on YouTube. But he has a Hudl profile. Click the link to watch him work.

Statistics

2013: 25 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery (through six games)
2012: 37 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 6 pass deflections, 1 interception (returned for a touchdown)
2011: 42 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 2 sacks

Awards

2013: First-team All-State
2013: First-team All-Region

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