It wasn't all bad news for Wisconsin Badgers football recruiting on Friday.
Though Jake Pickard and Nate Howard both flipped to Syracuse and Missouri, respectively, Grayslake (Grayslake North), Ill., defensive back Titus Booker canceled his official visit to Michigan and reaffirmed his verbal commitment to Wisconsin.
The 5'11, 172-pound Booker received an offer from Michigan and head coach Jim Harbaugh earlier in the week, and he told Scout.com's Beth Long why he made the decision to stick with Wisconsin:
"I think it was just where my heart was at, there was a lot of hype at the end of the day, but it isn‘t about that," Booker said. "Wisconsin has been recruiting me since my junior year, they have been behind me and getting on me. They were one of the schools that helped me focus on my grades. They helped build me into who I am today. They checked in with me, and even with the new staff there are some guys who are still there and it is a similar feel. I think it's overall just Wisconsin is where I need to be."
247Sports' composite rankings have Booker ranked as a three-star recruit, with Scout.com ranking him with a four-star. Michigan offered Booker as a running back, but Wisconsin offered as a cornerback.
Booker's decision is key for this Wisconsin class, as he and walk-on Elijah Strong are the only two defensive backs in this recruiting cycle (at least for now). T.J. Griffin, Takadrae Williams and X'zaviaen Osbourne all reopened their commitments within the last month.
Initially an Indiana commit, Booker flipped to Wisconsin in November. B5Q's Andrew Rosin noted Booker's size and speed that intrigued the Badgers:
Booker brings to the table the kind of size (6'0, 182 lbs.) and athleticism (SPARQ-verified 40 time at 4.41, and state-level 100m sprinter's speed) that had kept him on the Badgers' radar since an impressive performance in summer camp. In fact, reports were that when he was offered at camp, he was ready to commit ($) on the spot, but there were reasons the Badgers hesitated to accept. Now with the academic i's and t's seemingly crossed, he joins X'Zaviae Ausborne and Takadrae Williams as commits at the cornerback position.