Williams Learning About Wisconsin

After being active in the contiguous United States throughout the spring recruiting period, defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a has branched Wisconsin out to the Hawaiian Islands, offering three-star defensive end Lamone Williams recently.

With assistant coaches from name schools making the long journey to the middle of Pacific to watch him practice and work, Kahuku (HI) High defensive end Lamone Williams said he never got nervous trying to put his best foot forward.

After all, he's had way more pressure on him at times the past two seasons that practicing for scholarships is a welcomed break.

"It's nice to be recognized for the hard work our team has put in," Williams told Badger Nation. "Most of our defense knows how to handle those big games and stages from the year before. It comes natural to us."

With his team living by a motto, ‘We know how to be champions, so start acting and playing like it,' Williams' high school won its second straight state championship and seventh since 2000. Like many players on the islands, Williams isn't wrapped up in individual numbers as much as he is competing with his teammates.

"It's nice playing side-by-side with them, playing for them and for the love of the game," said Williams. "Hearing the rush of the crowd and everything behind it is why I play."

The rush and excitement will only increase in the coming years when Williams heads to the college level. Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, Washington State and Wisconsin have all offered a scholarship and coaches from Oregon State, San Diego State, Texas A&M, UCLA, Washington have all begun showing interest.

According to Williams, of his five offers, only Wisconsin sent a coach by, as defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a is in charge of recruiting the islands.

"After hearing mostly from the West Coast, hearing from Wisconsin really opened my eyes up," said Williams. "It's nice to see my name is getting out there, all the way to Wisconsin. I haven't looked that far so I don't really know too much about Wisconsin. Coach Chad said he couldn't that much, but offered me and said that he liked the way I play."

Having already participated in the Las Vegas 7-on-7 tournament, Williams is planning on being on the mainland for the Utah All-Poly camp this summer, but is unsure if he'll travel to any college camps.

"Hopefully by winter I'll know where I want to go," said Williams. "I just plan on taking everything in right now."

Williams is LDS, but doesn't plan on serving mission at this point in time.

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