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Wisconsin football recruiting: DB Nick Nelson announces acceptance into UW

The Badgers get both of their transfer targets admitted into the university.

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Friday turned out to be another massive day on the trail for the Wisconsin Badgers, starting with three-star cornerback Madison Cone verbally pledging to UW and continug with good news from the admissions department as running back Chris James noted he would transfer from Pittsburgh. The final piece of news on this good Friday on the trail came when former Hawaii cornerback Nick Nelson announced on Twitter he was admitted into Wisconsin.

The bonafides Nelson has are exciting. A 6'0, 200-pound cornerback, he finished second in the Mountain West Conference in pass breakups with 15 last season as a sophomore. He also added 53 tackles, with big tackle days against Colorado (with 11) and Wisconsin, where he had nine when the Warriors lost 28-0 at Camp Randall on Sept. 26. He also has experience returning punts, and could slot in at safety if the cornerbacks currently on the roster play above the level of skill Nelson showed at Hawaii.

With that said, the expectation is that when Sojourn Shelton graduates, Nelson could step in and start from day one in 2017. With Cone's commitment, the Badgers are still in the market for one more defensive back. They made recent offers to cornerbacks Dontae Jones and Tariq Castro-Fields as well as safety Keontae Jones.