A Pleasant Landing

Since receiving his Wisconsin scholarship offer earlier this year, Philadelphia running back David Williams has been anxious to visit one of the top running schools in the Midwest. Finally getting a chance to see the University of Wisconsin's campus over the weekend, the four-star athlete came away very impressed.

MADISON - On his long flight over to the University of Wisconsin, Philadelphia running back David Williams had one picture in his mind of what the Badgers' program and the campus was going to offer.

He knew Wisconsin featured the running game and turned out plenty of talented running backs, but he pictured the surrounding city to nothing but farmlands full of cows and crops and cold weather. As he made the long journey home, Williams couldn't help but be happy that he was wrong.

"It was more than what I expected," Williams told Badger Nation. "I thought it was a really beautiful city. The experience was awesome."

Williams – a four-star running back ranked the 17th-best runner in the country by Scout.com – couldn't have picked a better weekend to come watch the Badgers practice. With Wisconsin scrimmaging outside on Saturday with temperatures in the 70s, Williams saw redshirt freshman Melvin Gordon and junior James White combine for close to 200 rushing yards behind UW's massive offensive line.

"Every play they were running the ball, so that stood out to me," said Williams. "Overall the scrimmage went well. There were a lot of hard hits and they really relied on the running game."

Getting a chance to listen in on the post-practice position meeting on the field, Williams was able to have lunch with Montee Ball and White, was able to pick their brain about their recruiting process and find out why they picked Wisconsin. Although Williams talked to two different guys with two different backgrounds, he found that their insight was strikingly similar.

"They basically said that when they came on their official visit, they fell in love with the school," said Williams. "They knew it was the right place for them. After visiting, I could see why. Wisconsin has a great running back tradition with those two guys."

Since getting offered by Wisconsin after signing day, Williams – who rushed for 1,938 yards and 18 touchdowns last season - has continued to develop a close relationship with recruiting contact and position coach Thomas Hammock.

"The visit allowed us to get to know each other even more," said Williams of Hammock, who went over scrimmage game film with him on Sunday. "It was a real plus. I really like his personality. He is a great person. He keeps it real with me. He tells me the truth, which I really appreciate."

Williams also was able to hang out with Sherard Cadogan, Marcus Trotter, Michael Trotter and speak to Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema, who emphasized that Williams is what the Badgers are looking for in a running back.

"It was my first time meeting him and it went well," said Williams. "There was no awkwardness. I was surprised that he has been a head coach for so long and he's still a young guy. He thinks I am a Wisconsin running back. They said they would like me commit there because I am one of their top running backs."

Williams' next visits are in flux, as he might go to Penn State's spring game and is looking at planning a trip to South Carolina next month. In terms of his recruitment, Williams is still debating on whether he wants to commit prior to his senior season or take his official visits.

He does know that he needs to come up with a top five, and Williams knows at least one school that will be in that mix.

"Wisconsin was going to be in my top five regardless," he said, "but the visit boosted their stock."

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