Titus Toler (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) entered his official visit to Wisconsin over the weekend verbally committed to Colorado.
Five days later, Toler was ready for a change.
Continuing to build on what currently stands as their best recruiting class in 247sports composite history, Toler opted to make the switch to the Badgers, announcing a change in his commitment on Friday.
“I loved the atmosphere there, it’s a great campus and Madison is a great city,” Toler said in a recent interview with 247sports. “It’s a college town and there’s a lot to do there and I really like the tradition they have established. They play great defense and and their scheme is a lot like what we do here at Bosco, just different terminology.
“They don’t have a lot of depth at all in their secondary, especially at the safety position and they’re telling me I’ll have a chance to come in and play early. The players on the team really treated me well and it felt like family for me. I had a strong comfort level and I don’t mind the cold or the location, I’m just looking for the best opportunity for me.
“Coach April (Bobby April) was just here for a home visit last night and I also saw him and coach Leonhard (Jim Leonhard) last week. Coach Leonhard is the defensive coordinator and the DB coach and that’s big for me. He played at Wisconsin and was in the NFL as well and is a real knowledgeable coach who I know I could learn a lot from.
The four-star safety had been committed to the Buffaloes since June over other offers from Washington, Arizona State, Vanderbilt, Washington State, Minnesota, Boston College, and more.
Wisconsin offered Toler in November.
“I was excited,” Toler said at the time of the offer “I’ve been talking to them for a long time. Once I committed, they respected my decision, but we always stayed in touch. When Colorado’s head coach got fired, they called me up and asked if I was still interested.
“I said, ‘Yeah.'”
Toler was in Madison last Friday through Sunday for his official visit.
“I hadn’t been there before, so I just wanted to walk in with an open mind and really get a feel for everything,” Toler later told Badger247. “The atmosphere was great. It’s a little chilly out there, but that’s nothing I can’t bundle up for.
“The people are great out there. The city of Madison is great, it’s a real college town. The coaching staff is off the charts. It’s like a second home there.”
Leonhard was the lead recruiter for Wisconsin.
“He likes my physicality, my ability to come up and make tackles,” Toler explained. “He likes my overall defense and cover skills.”
Toler is a high school teammate of Wisconsin linebacker commit Spencer Lytle. The two have played together the past four years at Servite and St. John Bosco High Schools and were on campus together over the weekend.
“He’s been filling me in on all the good tidbits on the academics, coaching staff, campus life, and just the atmosphere,” said Toler. “He told me it gets pretty wild up there.”
As a senior, Toler recorded 68 tackles, five pass breakups, four interceptions, and a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown for St. John Bosco, who went 13-1 with their lone loss coming in the state championship game.
California was also a strong contender for Toler, who took an official visit to Berkley the previous weekend.
Per 247sports, Toler is the nation’s No. 32 ranked safety in the class of 2019. Toler is the 19th verbal commitment for the Badgers and will sign during the early signing period, which begins Dec. 19.
Wisconsin’s incoming recruiting class jumped one spot to No. 26 in the 247sports composite team recruiting rankings, which would be their best finish ever.
Stay tuned to Badger247 for more on Toler’s commitment.