By many accounts, this has been a strong recruiting class in year one of the Paul Chryst era for the Wisconsin Badgers. But there was one question that remained going deep into September -- where are the cornerbacks?
Early Sunday afternoon brought the first answer in Jacksonville (University Christian), Fla., cornerback Ke'Shan Pennamon, as the three-star cornerback committed to the Badgers. He announced his intentions to play for Wisconsin via Twitter.
Here's where the three-star recruit ranks among the scouting services:
- Scout.com: Three stars, No. 128 cornerback in the nation
- Rivals.com: Three stars, 5.5 rating
- 247Sports.com composite: Three stars, No. 95 cornerback in the nation, No. 139 prospect out of Florida.
- 247Sports: N/A
I have officially committed to Wisconsin University ⚪️ ⚪️ #OnWisconsin— ImDatDude (@C_PERSONALITY3) September 27, 2015
My recruiting process is still open I haven't shut it down yet— ImDatDude (@C_PERSONALITY3) September 27, 2015
Pennamon brings the aggressive athleticism that one would want from the cornerback position, with a sub-4.5 40-yard dash time and a willingness to hit in terms of run support. He also has kick and punt return experience, and can make plays in special teams as well. He's definitely a prospect that has a chance to outperform the star ratings.
Though he verbally pledgied to Wisconsin on Sunday, Pennamon appears to have not yet fully shut down his recruitment. There has been previous interest from Pennamon toward Georgia Tech and Utah. He has also received offers from Cincinnati, Georgia Southern, Rutgers and Temple, among others.
The 5'11, 186-pound Pennamon is the 19th known verbal commitment for Wisconsin in the class of 2016.