Earlier this morning, Mansfield (Texas) Timberview cornerback Marcus Cromartie announced to Rivals.com he was heading to the Big Ten to play for the Wisconsin Badgers. The 6-foot, 159-pounder said he still is pumped about his decision.
"It's always been Wisconsin," Cromartie said. "Wisconsin has always been a favorite of mine. I was real comfortable with the coach, Kerry Cooks. You can't beat the Big Ten. They finished second in the Big Ten last year, and that was a big deal to me.
"I wanted to play for a winning program, and coach kind of guided me through the process."
Cromartie, who has been timed at 21.4 seconds in the 200-meters, said he talked to everybody around him and they all agreed that Wisconsin was the right place for him.
"I thought about it Saturday night," he said. "Then I asked all the coaches at my school and my parents and they all were saying that you should go where your heart is feeling. That's what I felt, and I went ahead and called them on Monday to pull the trigger."
So why type of cornerback is Wisconsin getting?
"I like to get up there and jam with the receiver," he said. "I like to be physical, and I like to be fast. I just like getting up in the receiver's face and shut them down."
Cromartie had a solid outing at the Athens NIKE Camp. He said he locked down several of the Southeast's top receivers at the camp.
"I felt good about how I did down there," he said. "I showed those boys down there that us boys in Texas can play. I held my own against the best receivers in the nation."
Cromartie had offers from Air Force and Iowa State. He said schools like Arkansas, Kansas and Florida were also on the verge of offering him a scholarship.