In the hours following the commitments of Dallas South Oak Cliff cornerbacks X’zavien Ausborne and Takadrae Williams, it only seemed natural for Willie Smith to follow close behind. The part of the defensive back trio Wisconsin offered at the high school, Smith was ready to commit to the Badgers.
More than two months later, Smith is still waiting.
“My recruitment is at a halt right now,” Smith told BadgerNation. “Not too much is happening. I am just getting ready for the season. I am supposed to be taking a visit to Wisconsin, but we haven’t set up the date yet. I am going to go with my teammates.”
The 5-10, 160-pound safety – current rated a two-star prospect by Scout.com – was candid that he hasn’t heard from the Wisconsin coaching staff recently. Even so, he remains interested in the Badgers’ program because of the scheme they run defensively.
“The other day I was watching a game on Wisconsin and just like what they do,” said Smith. “I just like the program, team and school. It is a good school and I have been doing some research on it, so I know how good of a school it is. I think it said it one of the best public schools and you can get a good education. Wisconsin is most definitely my leader.”
Also holding an offer from Northern Arizona, Smith would like to take a visit to Madison to see what they got to offer and bring to the table.
“I love the school, but I just want to take a visit there and see how it is up there,” said Smith. “I just want to see a great college, people, coaches and facilities when I visit. It helps having those guys (Takadrae and X’zavien) there, but I am just going to go based off of me.”
While his recruitment has been at a standstill, Smith has been training this offseason to prepare for his final high school season and hopes the team comes together to win the ultimate prize of a state championship.
“I am just working hard every day and going out to the field,” said Smith. “I am just doing the little things to get my body ready. I need to get a little bigger and faster. I also need to work on my fundamentals, like those little things. I do cover real good and got great speed. I love the game and I let it come to me. I let my game do all the talking.”
“I just want us to come together as a family,” he added. “We got a lot of new players coming into like a brotherhood and I just want the same goals to win states. I want to be the best I can be, get scholarships and go to college and be successful.”