Williams Picks Up Pac 12 Offers

If Wisconsin is going to get a verbal commitment from Tacoma (Wash) Baptist offensive tackle Walker Williams, it's going to have to beat at least one-third of the Pac 12, as Williams has brought in two new West Coast offers.

MADISON - The secret is starting to get out on how talented and how much potential Tacoma (Wash) Baptist offensive tackle Walker Williams possess.

The recruiting process for Williams, a 6-foot-6, 330-pound three-star tackle ranked No.69 in the country by Scout com, has been quiet for a number of weeks, as Williams was sitting on three offers. That changed over the last week with Williams picking up two Pac 12 offers, getting scholarships by Colorado last week and Utah on Wednesday.

"Those were some pretty good offers, and I am just happy any colleges offer me," Williams, who also holds offers from Oregon State, UCLA and Wisconsin, told Badger Nation. "I hadn't had too much contact with them, but the coaches gave me some good information, I enjoyed the conversation and they were really impressed with my film online, so they offered me after that. Utah had been talking to me through Facebook, so that was nice to get that offer."

During the spring evaluation period, Williams had seen coaches from the five schools that have offered him and has received new interest from Air Force, Michigan and Notre Dame, as members of its coaching staffs have stopped by his high school.

Although not having a favorite among his five offers (he plans to take a few official visits before deciding), Williams mentioned that each school provides him with an opportunity that is unique from the others.

"Each school is a very different type of environment," Williams said. "UCLA has the big city type of college, and a different type of student population. Oregon State is a smaller, college town experience. Wisconsin has a real down home feel but has that city-like atmosphere because it's not tiny by any means."

Williams visited Wisconsin for the Badgers spring game last month and has been in contact with both recruiting contact Joe Rudolph and offensive line coach Bob Bostad, two people he said are planning on coming by his school next week.

"Interest from the coaches has usually increased once I see their camps and there's been definite interest," said Williams. "They haven't told me anything different than what they told me when I visited them, but it's nice to catch up with them. I've been in contact since I visited them, usually once a week with the coaches to see how things are going. They are still very interested in me and recruiting me hard."

The development of Williams can also be attributed to his impressive workout buddies over the last year. Working agility drills and lifting weights with Zach Banner (a four-star offensive tackle ranked No.11 in the country by Scout.com) and Joshua Garnett (a five-star offensive guard ranked No.1 in the country by Scout.com), the three from different high schools have been close friends.

"It's really nice having workout partners that are of the same caliber or better than you," Williams said. "It always means somebody is pushing you. We are all from different schools and we are all competitive, because you have to try and top the other person. It's a fun time going into that workout and having high energy in there. There's no doubt that we make each other better."

Williams was offered by Wisconsin before Banner (‘he was jealous because I was offered by then before he was and there isn't too many colleges that have done, so I am holding that one close,' he said) while Garnett hasn't. So far, only UCLA has offered the three players, and Williams said that playing together in college has been mentioned on occasion during workouts.

"We've definitely thrown the idea around more than once, but we are all going to go to the school that is best for us individually," Williams said. "If that school ends up being the same, that would be really cool coming in with someone you know and already are used to working hard with. That would be pretty cool going into that phase of our athletic lives."

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