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Wisconsin lands its first cornerback in 2018 class

A little over two weeks ago, Alex Smith picked up an offer from Wisconsin.

Monday evening during an unofficial visit to Madison, the 6-foot, 180-pound projected cornerback became a member of the Badgers' 2018 recruiting class.

"Well, before coming to the campus and seeing everything first-hand, I knew it was a great school academically and athletically," Smith told "But once I got here from the time I got off the plane, I knew it was for me.

"From the people in the town, the amazing facilities, to the wonderful players and coaching staff, it was where I wanted to be. Just how nice everyone was really stood out to me. Walking down the street everyone spoke and coming from Los Angeles, that doesn't happen a whole lot."

An unranked prospect from Culver City, Calif., Smith chose UW over offers from Army, Boston College, Cal Poly, Idaho, Montana State and Navy. He is commit No. 13 for Wisconsin in the current cycle and the first corner for defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard.

"The feedback from the coaches was great," Smith said. "All of the coaches have wonderful stories and are really here for their athletes and will do everything possible to put the tools necessary to succeed in front of your face. They all really liked who I was on the field but, more importantly, off the field and appreciated what I would add to the community.

"Coach (Paul) Chryst gave me a big hug when I committed and told me I had made the right decision. Then everyone on the floor came to congratulate me with huge smiles.

Wisconsin is expected to take one more scholarship cornerback in the 2018 class. Travian Blaylock, who was on campus last weekend, is the top target, with Reese Taylor, Marquis Williams and Davion Williams, among others, also strong possibilities.

"I am done with visits," Smith said. "Wisconsin is my new home."