Madison, Wis. — Momentum is a real thing, and the commitments just keep rolling in for Luke Fickell and the Wisconsin Badgers.
On Friday afternoon, the Badgers added Boston College defensive back Jason Maitre, through the transfer portal.
The 5-foot-10, 188-pound DB checks two significant boxes for the Wisconsin Badgers. He has a ton of experience, and he’s versatile.
According to Pro Football Focus, the Boston College transfer logged 2,155 career snaps across five seasons. Of those, 179 came in the box, 700 at free safety, 824 from the slot, and 438 came as a boundary corner.
This past season, Maitre registered 42 tackles, seven stops, six pass deflections, four pressures, one sack, and one interception while splitting time between free safety and the slot. He also allowed a 55.2 REC% — giving up 16 catches on 29 targets, per PFF.
The Massachusetts native comes to UW with 41 games of experience under his belt and one year of eligibility remaining.
Maitre announced his intention to transfer to the University of Wisconsin via Twitter.
The Impact of Jason Maitre’s addition to the Wisconsin football program
The addition of Boston College defensive back Jason Maitre is a depth move, and you can never have enough depth — especially in the secondary.
His PFF seasonal grades aren’t anything to write home about (mostly average across the board), although he did record an above-average finish of 69.8 at free safety in 2021.
Wisconsin is losing cornerbacks Jay Shaw, Cedrick Dort, Justin Clark, and Semar Melvin this off-season. The former Badgers logged 1,341 snaps in 2022 — leaving plenty of production needing to be replaced.
It’s possible that Maitre, who can act as a moveable chess piece for coach Tressell, is being looked at as a direct replacement for Dort, who worked as the primary slot corner this past season.
Maitre is a solid but unspectacular addition that provides some much-needed experience to a young Wisconsin Badgers secondary.
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