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2018 Early Signing Period: S Reggie Pearson signs with Wisconsin

The hard-hitting safety, who will enroll early, could bring big dividends to the Wisconsin secondary.

Class of 2018 S Reggie Pearson

Position Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Position Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
S 5'11 190 River Rouge, Mich. Three stars; No. 47 S

It’s been quite the wait for safety Reggie Pearson, Wisconsin’s first verbal commitment for the class of 2018. Committing back in August 2016, the Michigan prep standout was the first commit for this upcoming recruiting cycle, but he has held firm ever since giving his pledge to the Wisconsin coaching staff last summer.

An all-state player and a four-year varsity starter who told B5Q he will enroll early at Wisconsin in January, Pearson will be a welcomed edition to the safety position under the guise of defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard, as the Badgers’ defense will lose the likes of departing seniors Natrell Jamerson and Joe Ferguson.

Rankings

247Sports (composite): Three stars; Grade: 0.8675; No. 667 player overall in the country; No. 47 S; No. 16 MI

247Sports: Three stars; Grade: 85; No. 1014 player; No. 86 S; No. 25 in MI

ESPN: Three stars; Grade: 78; No. 55 Position; No. 58 Regional; No. 15 player overall in state

Rivals: Three stars; 5.7 rating; No. N/A National; No. 10 overall in MI; No. 33 Position

Verbally committed on Aug. 27, 2016

Back last year, we initially looked at Pearson’s Hudl highlights and came away impressed for a sophomore. Now looking at what he has accomplished since then, and you’ll see a defensive back with the ability to attack the line of scrimmage in run defense, but also a player that can make the most of an opportunity during turnovers.

According to Rivals, Pearson held offers from Wisconsin, Arkansas, Iowa State, and Syracuse, along with other MAC programs.

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Bio (courtesy of UWBadgers.com)

High School: Three-star recruit by 247 Sports, ESPN and Rivals … first-team all-state by Associated Press honors as a junior and senior … Detroit News All-State Dream Team as a junior and senior … helped lead team to Michigan Division 5 state championship game as a sophomore … part of three straight regional titles as sophomore, junior and senior … team won four straight district crowns … four-time first-team All-Michigan Metro Athletic Conference selection … finished career with 21 interceptions … logged 100 tackles, including 7.0 TFLs, 8 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles as a senior … had 120 tackles, 4.0 TFLs, 7 interceptions, 9 pass breakups and 3 forced fumbles as a junior … recorded 77 tackles, 6.0 TFLs, 2 interceptions, 9 pass breakups, and 4 forced fumbles as a sophomore … notched 58 tackles, 5.0 TFLs, 4 interceptions and 6 pass breakups as a freshman … also lettered in track and field … National Honor Society … coach was Corey Parker

Personal: Parents are Reginald Pearson Sr. and Nicole Pearson