Wisconsin has made it a point of emphasis early on to find its top back in the 2016 class. It’s one of the reasons running back coach Thomas Brown has gone to New London (NC) North Stanly high school and aggressively recruit four-star junior tailback Antonio Williams.
Offering Williams in June, Wisconsin’s aggressive recruited lands the Badgers in Williams’ top group and have earned the school an unofficial visit for the Maryland game on October 25.
“I just kept asking my parents about visiting Wisconsin and they eventually said yes,” Williams told BadgerNation. “I talked to Coach Brown and he just told me they are very excited about me coming. Our relationship is pretty tight. We literally talk every day. He asks about practice, family and how I’m doing in school, just normal conversations. He would be one of the top three coaches I have a best relationship with.”
The 5-11, 195-pound tailback sits as the No. 9 running back in the country and has already experienced a lot of twists and turns in his recruitment. A one-time commit to North Carolina, Williams now has a top list of Wisconsin, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Auburn and Michigan and explains why the Badgers sit in high regard for his services.
“I am very interested in Wisconsin,” said Williams. “I like the fact that they use the running back as much as they do. Plus I’m close to Coach Brown, and me and him just continue to get closer and closer. I’m very excited to be visiting Wisconsin. The fans are showing a lot of love already so I can’t wait to experience that in person. I love the support the Badger fans are showing.”
While Brown has been in the ear of the young running back phenom, Wisconsin tight end commit in Kyle Penniston, who is also visiting on October 25, has been telling him all about the program as well.
“Penniston tells me that they love the running backs in Wisconsin and that I’d love it there,” said Williams, who also talks to Hortonvolle (WI) linebacker Bryce Monti. “From the times we have talked, he seems like a really cool guy.”
Williams will also be visiting Florida on October 11. He has no plans to commit in the near future.