Paul Chryst Smith commits

Wisconsin Badgers head coach Paul Chryst watches his team warm-up before the Big Ten Football Championship Game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. M.P. KING, STATE JOURNAL


The University of Wisconsin football team continued adding to its 2018 recruiting class Tuesday night when Culver City, California, defensive back and returner Alexander Smith became the 13th commitment in the class.

Smith, a 6-foot-0, 175-pound cornerback from Culver City High, rates as a three-star prospect by Scout and a two-star recruit by 247sports.

Smith finished his junior season with 64 tackles and an interception and returned three kickoffs and two punts for touchdowns. 

Smith said his recent visit to Madison convinced him to join the Badgers, spurring offers from Army, Boston College, Navy and other schools.

"Coming to see it, just walking through the town, taking a tour of the facilities, the school and everything, I just could really picture myself being here," Smith said. "That really pushed me to make my decision."

Smith, who visited the campus with his mom, dad and younger sister, said his discussions with Badgers defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard and head coach Paul Chryst played a key role in his decision. 

"Being able to talk to coach Leonhard really reassured me of what type of university this was," Smith said, "what I need to do and how they will be preparing me to grow as a young man and prepare me for life."

Smith made the announcement late Tuesday night on Twitter. 

Joining Smith in the Badgers’ 2018 class are running back Nakia Watson, quarterback Chase Wolf, tight end Jaylan Franklin, linebackers Jack Sanborn, C.J. Goetz and Mason Platter, safeties Reggie Pearson and Trent Ingalls, offensive lineman Michael Furtney and defensive linemen Boyd Dietzen, Cormac Sampson and Isaiah Mullens.


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