Badgers Find Southern Connection

Always looking for Wisconsin connections outside the state in recruiting, the Badgers were able to make a connection with West Point (MS) tailback Aeris Williams, extending him an offer this week.

Continuing to venture into new recruiting areas under head coach Gary Andersen, it appears on paper that Wisconsin wouldn't have much success recruiting a top 50 running back from Mississippi with early offers from both Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

But for a talented prospect who was born in Wisconsin and lived in Racine until sixth grade, the Badgers have to feel pretty good about their chances with West Point (MS) High tailback Aeris Williams.

"Wisconsin means a lot," Williams told Badger Nation. "They really produce some real good running backs."

Sending his highlight tape to Wisconsin, Williams (6-1, 205 pounds) was contract by running back coach Thomas Hammock about the offer and that he would be Williams' recruiting contact.

"I like everything about him," said Williams. "I like how down to earth he is."

As a junior, Williams rushed for 1,500 yards and 24 touchdowns, earning him a three-star ranking and rated the best tailback in Mississippi.

"Schools like that I run down hill, get after it, run with power and have a little speed, too," said Williams. "I like to get to the sideline, but I can run with speed."

Growing up following Alabama, Williams took unofficial visits to the Crimson Tide and Mississippi State last season and camped at Arkansas and Ole Miss. He plans to camp at Georgia, Florida State, LSU and Wisconsin in June.

With no plans to make a decision, Williams feels that Georgia could be close to offering and also recently added an offer from Florida State.

"I've really enjoyed all the offers I've been getting," said Williams. "I am thankful for them. I thank God for giving me the talent."

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