Williams Reacts to Coaching Changes

One of four Badgers selected to represent their high schools in the Semper Fi All-American game in Phoenix last week, Tacoma (WA) Baptist offensive tackle Walker Williams reacts to his position coach and recruiting coach leaving Wisconsin.

MADISON - Losing five assistant coaches, four coming from the offensive side of the ball, since the middle of December, many are wondering how many highly-touted recruits Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema will lose because of the shakeup.

If you were wondering, you can take Walker Williams off that list.

A three-star offensive tackle from Tacoma (WA) Baptist, Williams got all his questions and concerns about offensive coordinator Paul Chryst, offensive line coach Bob Bostad and recruiting contact Joe Rudolph leaving for Pittsburgh answered during an in-home visit from Bielema Friday.

"He answered all the questions about the coaching staff change ups and the major shifts, but Coach Bielema said I would met with the new offensive line coach when he is hired so I can talk with him," Williams told Badger Nation Saturday. "He's going to send him out to meet me and the other offensive linemen.

"I am still 100 percent firm to Wisconsin. Of course I don't want to see them go, but I know Coach Bielema has a plan and has hired quite a few coaches in his career at Wisconsin. He's not going to rush into any decisions. He's going to get a quality coach in there to continue to the tradition that Wisconsin has had. I know it's all going to work out."

Even before meeting with Bielema, Williams had little trepidation about coming to Wisconsin. Having visited the Badgers three times since last spring, twice on his own dime, Williams was excited for the opportunity to come in and compete for a program that had won consecutive conference championships and qualified for two straight Rose Bowls.

"It's awesome that a school that I love for its people, the area and for the school itself is having so much continued success over the last decade," said Williams. "It's really built itself into one of the premier programs in the Big Ten and NCAA Football overall. I think that will make it even more fun. Coach Bielema said you have to love your college, but you have to win, too. Without winning, your college football experience because pretty bad pretty quick."

Williams capped his high school football career last weekend in Phoenix playing in the Semper Fi Al-American Bowl.

"It was a great experience, especially meeting a lot of military service men and women," said Williams. "I got to have conversations with three different generals. It was a great experience for any person to have, let alone a high school football player. It was good to be able to compete against some of the best high school players in the United State and get better from that. It was fun seeing how I matched up with those guys."

It was also fun for Williams getting to hang out with De La Salle (CA) quarterback Bart Houston, who he's had dinner with before, and meet fellow offensive lineman J.J. Denman and safety D.J. Singleton, fellow members of Wisconsin's 2012 recruiting class.

"I got to hang out with J.J. and he's a fun guy to be around," said Williams. "I can tell that he's going to be fun to have as a teammate. Both Bart and D.J. are good people and it's great group of guys that represented Wisconsin at the Semper Fi game."

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