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Wisconsin to land former Utah safety Kamo'i Latu via transfer - The Athletic

Latu, who played all 14 games for the Utes last season, adds much-needed depth to the Badgers' safety position.

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Former Utah safety Kamo'i Latu, who entered the transfer portal last week, announced his commitment to Wisconsin on Friday. Latu had been on campus visiting this week.

Latu played in all 14 games for Utah last season and recorded 19 tackles with three pass breakups. He earned Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Week honors for his performance against USC last October, when he notched a career-high 10 tackles. Latu was a high school teammate of Wisconsin outside linebacker Nick Herbig at Saint Louis School in Hawaii.

Latu's addition comes at a critical position for the Badgers. Wisconsin defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard called the lack of safety depth during spring practice “a huge concern” and acknowledged that pursuing a player in the transfer portal was a legitimate possibility, noting that experience would be key.

“It’s hard to take a young guy that doesn’t necessarily have the experience, whether it’s in the Big Ten or whether it’s at the collegiate level,” Leonhard said. “You look at some young guys that maybe you’d be interested in, you recruited out of high school or something, haven’t played for a year. Well, it’s hard to say they’re going to come in and be able to make an impact. You don’t know.

“So I think it limits who you can go after. They better be ready physically. They better be able to handle the adjustment to playing in this defense. There’s always going to be some questions marks whether they are. But you have to trust who the kid is and the way they’re wired and what they’ve done on the field up to this point.”

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