Finally Seeing the Dominance

Tacoma (WA) Baptist offensive lineman Walker Williams loved Wisconsin so much that he committed in August without taking in the atmosphere of game day. He finally checked that off his list Saturday, picking a perfect game to get the full Wisconsin experience.

MADISON - It was the first official visit Walker Williams scheduled, and the one he had been anxiously waiting to take. There was no denying how much Williams loved the University of Wisconsin. He twice flew to Madison out of his family's pocket, coming to UW's spring game in April and to a fall practice in August.

He hadn't seen a game yet but Williams knew Wisconsin was the place he wanted to be when he committed August 12. His Nebraska-Wisconsin official visit simply confirmed that decision.

"It was a great visit and I really enjoyed myself," Williams told Badger Nation. "I've seen pretty much everything they have shown a recruit except for seeing a game. I wanted to see them play some football and it was a really fun game to go see."

Saturday's game was an offensive lineman's dream for Williams. In Wisconsin's 48-17 victory, the offensive line helped paved the way for 231 rushing yards, created a pocked for Wisconsin to pass for 255 yards, go on four scoring drives of nine plays or longer and see the Badgers chew up over seven minutes on two second-half scoring drives.

"It was very impressive," Williams said. "They had some communication problems in the first quarter, but they bounced back from that and really took the game over, especially that (14-play) drive in the third quarter. They ate up seven minutes a clock and tore the defense up five, six yards at a time. That was really impressive."

Hosted by freshman tight end Sam Arneson, Williams, a three-star tackle ranked No.64 in the nation by that picked the Badgers over Pac 12 schools Colorado, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah and Washington, got to spend more time with the players than his previous two visits and even got to poke his head into the locker room following the game.

"It was an electric feeling," Williams said. "Everybody was super pumped, and that's exactly what one would expect when you blow out another top 10 team. It was a great atmosphere around there and everyone was really psyched to win that game, especially the way they did."

Williams was one of many recruits in attendance Saturday and one of a handful of committed prospects. Williams met with Kenosha Bradford running back Vonte Jackson and sat during the game with Barrington offensive guard Dan Voltz.

"Dan has already been there for a couple games and I just spent time talking with him about how impressed I was with the student section," Williams said. "I had been to a bunch of different college games, going to Boise State and Oregon and Wisconsin has the best student section by far. It really completes the atmosphere around the game."

Williams also got to spend time with Chicago Simeon five-star offensive lineman Jordan Diamond, who was on an unofficial visit.

"I'll talk to him a little bit, but I am not really the recruiting type," Williams said. "If he asks me a question, I'll answer it and try to get him there if the subject comes up. Me personally, I get annoyed personally when people keep coming after me and try to sell me something. That just annoys me, so I am not going to put him through that. I really don't have anything bad to say about Wisconsin though because it's really hard to put them in a bad light."

With his Tacoma Baptist team sitting at 3-2 overall and 2-0 in conference, including a 35-34 double overtime game against its conference rival, and having a shot at a high seed in the playoffs, Williams' focus is back on his high school team after he's seen all he needs to see at Wisconsin.

"I am going to keep the team fired up and continuing my workouts until I arrive in Madison for summer conditioning in June," Williams said. "Hopefully we can bring home a state championship and maybe I can come back out Madison for another game."

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