A staple of Wisconsin is the running back, part of the reason why the Badgers coaching staff is already working on finding that running back to be their centerpiece for the 2016 class. One candidate is New London (NC) North Stanly junior running back Antonio Williams.
After committing to in-state North Carolina in September, the 5-11, 208-pound tailback made the decision late last week to reopen his recruitment, which has caused to have even more interest in the Badgers.
“My interest in Wisconsin raised (sic) tremendously knowing that I am open now,” Stanly told BadgerNation. “I am looking around a little bit more to everything, so my interest in Wisconsin definitely raised (sic). The fact that they use the running back so much in their offense, and as much as they do, (is appealing). They had two 1,000 yard rushers last year and to any running back that will open your eyes (I) will look into that team. I am very excited that I have the chance to maybe play for the University of Wisconsin one day and if I do will represent them the best I can.”
Offering Williams roughly a month ago, running back coach Thomas Brown has been able to build a connection with the four-star prospect because of his energy and youthfulness.
“Our relationship is going really good,” said Stanly. “I see him more as a guy who understands me more than older coaches. He is younger and is not far away from where I am. I talk to him a lot actually. We had an automatic connection as soon as we talked, and that made me realize that they could be the school for me. With him and me, I know that we had a great connection right off the bat. He talks to me all the time about life after football and that football doesn’t go on forever. He also tells me about the great academics at Wisconsin and how if I don’t go pro, then I have a back-up plan from there.”
Ranked as the No.8 tailback in the country and the No.76 overall player in the 2016 class by Scout.com, Williams decided to back off his recruitment after receiving offers from Florida, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin, recognizing there were a lot of top schools out there who were interested in him.
“I just want to (make) sure if I do go to North Carolina, it is the right choice for me by going to see other places,” said Williams. “I am going to visit Auburn this week and after that I am done with visits for the summer. There is a 100 percent chance I visit Wisconsin. I don’t know when that will be, but I will be taking a visit there.”
Although Williams’ recruitment has started to get bigger, he is more focused on his upcoming season and becoming a champion.
“I want to win a state championship,” said Williams. “That is all I am focused on right now and we got a good team this year. We have a great chance at reaching that goal. That is what I am focused on right now.”