Badgers Secure Late Official

Continuing to be aggressive leading up to signing day, Wisconsin and defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a have secured a late official visit from a committed prospect who fits an area of need for the Badgers. BadgerNation has the scoop.

With a little over a week until signing day, the Wisconsin coaching staff continues to make late moved to fortify its roster, which includes the defensive end position. After losing three-star commit Rohan Blackwood because of academics, Wisconsin has secured an official visit this next weekend from Kahuku (HI) senior defensive end Lamone Williams, who committed to Oregon State a couple days ago and is eager to see what Wisconsin has to offer.

"The official visit to Wisconsin got set up just last week and I'm really excited about the visit," Williams told BadgerNation. "I haven't been to Wisconsin before and haven't gone that far east, so I am just excited to see Wisconsin for myself. I've been looking forward to tripping there for awhile now, so I can't wait."

The 6-3, 245-pound defensive end is ranked the No. 154 ranked defensive end in the nation and a three-star commit. Having offers from Colorado, Hawaii and Utah, amongst others, Williams has been focused on Wisconsin and Oregon State for awhile. Williams committed to the Beavers last week after head coach Mike Riley and defensive coordinator Mike Banker came to the northern tip of Oahu for an in-home visit last week, but decided to check out Wisconsin after head coach Gary Andersen told him he wanted to visit. "Now that Coach Andersen is coming for a home visit, that shows a lot too," said Williams. "Tomorrow is when Coach Andersen, my family and I will meet together. My relationship with Coach Chad is also good. He came to visit me a couple months ago, we have talked for awhile now and we are still quite often talking together, so it has been good."

Wisconsin has already dipped into the islands once this recruiting cycle by landing Kapolei offensive lineman Micah Kapoi in December. Like Kapoi, Williams said distance plays a slight factor, but not an overwhelming one.

"Distance can be a factor for my family, but as for me, it doesn't really matter," he said. "I just want to go somewhere where I can feel comfortable and become the best I can be and where I can play my best football as well."

Williams had no timetable for a final decision following his visit, but doesn't want to drag out the process any longer.

"I've thought to myself about the whole idea, but I really want to see how this trip goes," Williams said. "I'll have to get back home to discuss it with my family before making a commitment to another school. This trip is really important to me and my family."

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