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Report: Hawaii DB Nick Nelson set to transfer to Wisconsin

With a caveat, one of the top pieces of Hawaii's 2015 defense looks like he could start right away in 2017 for Wisconsin.

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One of the reasons why the spots are tight for the Wisconsin Badgers in the class of 2017 is that UW has had serious and mutual interest with transfer options. While the trail has been kind this year, the Badgers finding themselves in play for prospects with multiple years of eligibility and college experience can be tantalizing. Saturday, the Badgers reportedly landed themselves a potential, instant starter at cornerback for 2017.

According to a report from's Ben Worgull, former Hawaii cornerback Nick Nelson committed to transfer to Wisconsin, pending finalization of the admissions process.

On a 3-9 team, Nelson was one of the bright spots with 53 tackles and 15 passes defensed, a number that was good for second in the Mountain West Conference. As a 6'0, 200-pound cornerback, he provides good size to go with the skill set. He also is willing to stick his nose in and stuff the runs, totaling 11 tackles against Colorado and nine against the Badgers in Wisconsin's 28-0 win over the Warriors on Sept. 26 at Camp Randall Stadium.

He also could potentially return punts and does have experience at safety should the situation dictate. The Badgers are still actively recruiting three-star cornerback Madison Cone and four-star safety Jonathan Sutherland in the secondary.

Read more about Nelson's trip and path to Madison from here ($).