Williams' Focus Shifts to Recruiting

Kahuku (HI) senior defensive end Lamone Williams' season has come to an end, which means the three -star defensive end is shifting his focus to his recruitment and his handful of scholarship offers, which includes Wisconsin.

The correct word is "shocked" to describe Kahuku (HI) senior defensive end Lamone Williams' reaction when mainland BCS schools started coming through with scholarship offers.

A three-star athlete and ranked the No. 128 defensive end in the country by Fox Sports Next, Williams figured he might draw some intention from some West Coast schools with a strong on-the-field performance.

He was right; Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon State, Utah and Washington State have all offered the 6-3, 245-pound prospect. But the shock value in Williams' recruitment reached another level when defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a offered a Wisconsin scholarship.

"Most of the schools I have offers from made sense being on the West Coast, but getting interest all the way in the Midwest from Wisconsin is something that definitely shocked me," Williams told Badger Nation. "I thought at first it was pretty random until I saw the coach who was trying to recruit me, coach Chad, so it made more sense to me that he was trying to reach out over here.

"Coach Chad explained to me that the Wisconsin coaches took a look at my film and I guess they really liked it. That's why Coach Chad came out to my school to watch a few of my spring practices and then he offered me right then and there on his visit."

Waiting until after his senior season to trim down his list, Williams will set all five officials visits this month and start taking his trips in December. He hasn't ruled out visiting Wisconsin, which has three projected high school senior defensive ends committed in the 2014 class.

"I have been living in warm weather my whole life so going to Madison would be a big, big climate change for myself," laughed Williams. "Playing in the cold weather would be a really hard obstacle for me to overcome but with a good mindset, I would do pretty well with being in the cold, or so I think."

Williams has yet to take a single visit, but plans to make a final decision in February. The first trip on his calendar will most likely be to Oregon State.

"(Defensive coordinator) coach (Mark) Banker from Oregon State came to my school a couple weeks ago, and we talked about me taking a trip there," said Williams. "He really wants me to visit there so I can finally come see a game. I was pretty interested and still am, because that's really the only school that has been pushing for me to visit. I haven't really talked about taking any visits with the other schools."

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