June 10, 2009

Jean will take official to Wisconsin

It doesn't take long to notice Peniel Jean on film.

The aggressive 5-foot-11, 185-pound prospect from Wellington (Fla.) Palm Beach Central can be seen making plays from sideline to sideline.

In what has become the norm, Bret Bielema has once again focused his attention to the Florida in search of some of the nation's elite talent.

Tuesday night, BadgerBlitz.com caught up with the three-star prospect to discuss his interest in the Wisconsin program and his relationship with recruiting coach Charlie Partridge.

"I don't know too much about the program actually," Jean said. "I just started researching them. I know that they have a presence down here (Florida) and I really like their coaches. I've talked to Coach B, Coach Partridge and the DB coach, Coach (Kerry) Cooks. They are all real great guys.

"I mesh with them real well," Jean continued. "It's great to receive a hand-written letter from the head coach. It makes me feel real important. I really like them. I just follow-up from week to week when I talk to Coach Partridge and Coach Cooks.

Jean, who is listed as a safety, is being recruited as a cornerback by UW.

"They like how physical I am," he said. "The staff watched my film and liked how I play. They like my attitude, I don't give up on any plays. I can cover and I like to hit.

"I'm going to make an official visit, I already know that. I already have Wisconsin locked down for one of my officials."

As far as his summer plans, Jean will be camping at Miami, Florida and Florida State before settling down to make a decision.

"Oregon might offer and I'm heading down to Miami on Sunday for their camp," he stated. "I'm going there to compete and see how I compare with all the other south Florida guys.

"I'll camp at Florida and Florida State. Those are the only camps I'll be attending this year. Other than that, I'll be working out with the team and running.

"Miami just recently started to show some interest. I'm really just going to their camp to compete. The top players in the nation attend their camps, so I want to see how I match up with them."

As a junior, Jean registered over 50 tackles and three interceptions.

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