The Wisconsin Badgers search for cornerback help in the transfer portal is underway, and a new name on their board has materialized.
Needing to fill their starting nickel cornerback void, the Badgers have offered Georgia Tech transfer, KJ Wallace. Since entering the transfer portal, Wallace has also garnered attention from Oklahoma State and ULCA.
Wallace is a former four-star recruit who began his career at Notre Dame before spending the past two seasons with the Yellowjackets. He’ll have one year of eligibility remaining at his next stop.
The 5-foot-11, 186-pound corner has appeared in 41 games during his career, played 1,470 snaps, and registered 93 tackles, 10 pass deflections, 5.5 TFLs, two sacks, two forced fumbles, and two interceptions.
Pro Football Focus gave him a 65.8 grade this past season, which their grading metric considers slightly above average. Wallace finished with 42 tackles, eight pass deflections, two forced fumbles, one interception, a sack, and a fumble recovery as a redshirt junior.
Of the 1,470 snaps Wallace has logged throughout his collegiate career, 1,151 of them have come as a nickel cornerback, making this potential fit with the Wisconsin football team a no-brainer.
Wisconsin is losing several pieces from its secondary this offseason, with Jason Maitre and Alexander Smith exhausting their eligibility. Ricardo Hallman and Nyzier Fourqurean will return as the starting corners on the outside, providing an excellent starting point. But adding another player from the portal to bolster the Badgers’ depth in the secondary and provide some insurance remains high on the staff’s list of things to do.
In time, the hope is that some of the younger in-house options like Amare Snowden, Jonas Duclona, Jace Arnold, and Braedyn Moore can push for some of those snaps, but stacking talent is always a good move.