Looking for More California Love

After the success Wisconsin's old coaching staff had in the recruitment of De La Salle (CA) quarterback Bart Houston last season, members of its new staff are back in the Golden State and have offered one of the country's top passers.

MADISON - When he first started mapping out the recruiting process, Narbonne (CA) quarterback Troy Williams planned on making an early spring decision. That's when the 6-2, 190-pound pocket passer thought his scholarship opportunities would be limited to the West Coast and the Pac 12.

"I wasn't expecting this many good offers to come," Williams told Badger Nation. "My coach told me that I am going to have a few more to come. It's a good problem to have, so I am just trying to have fun with it."

The complications started roughly three weeks ago when Florida offered and got even more interesting for Williams – a four-star recruit rated the 14th-best quarterback in the country by Scout.com – after Wisconsin came into the picture Friday.

With offensive coordinator Matt Canada and recruiting contact/linebacker coach Andy Buh watching him and his teammates practice Thursday, UW only needed one day to decide to enter the race.

"It's real exciting," said Williams of the Wisconsin offer. "They are a great school from the Big Ten. That school has always been high for me since they started talking to me. It's a great school to go to. They have Montee Ball and had Russell Wilson, which are two great players and play against great competition."

While Williams didn't get a chance to talk to the UW coaches after his practice, he's been in touch with Buh, who has told him about the campus, the program and the quarterback situation with Danny O'Brien coming into the program.

"He's told me about Danny coming in and that's exciting for them, but it doesn't affect me," said Williams. "I just like to compete."

Williams certainly has the game to compete with anybody. As a junior, he completed 62.2 percent of his passes for 3,247 yards with 34 touchdowns and 11 picks while leading the Gauchos to an 11-3 record and a city title.

He wasn't a one-year wonder either, as he completed 63 percent of his passes for 2,597 yards and 23 touchdowns with only nine interceptions during his sophomore year.

"My coach said the UW coaches like my arm strength and the way I view and control the field," said Williams, who also rushed for 587 yards and 11 more scores last year. "My footwork and make plays with my legs really improved from last year.

"I don't want to overrated, but I want to be humble and prove myself every time I throw the ball."

In addition to Wisconsin, Williams claims offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Bowling Green, Georgia Tech, Nevada, Ole Miss, SMU, UCLA and Washington. Williams has already visited Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and Washington and plans to visit more schools when his 7-on-7 team takes off traveling the country. Before he makes his decision, however, Williams wants to check out the Badgers.

"Absolutely I want to visit schools I have interest in and that would be Wisconsin," said Williams. "I want to see these schools, get a feel for them and make my decision before my senior starts."

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