With 19 commitments in the 2015 class, Wisconsin is looking ahead already to next year’s class and some of their top targets. New London (NC) North Stanly junior running back Antonio Williams was a player the Badgers narrowed in on early and haven’t let their foot off the gas for the chase to land his services.
Williams announced on Twitter Tuesday that the Badgers were his leaders at this point with Duke, Georgia, Auburn, Tennessee and North Carolina, in that order, following behind. What has vaulted Wisconsin to the top of his leader board? One big reason for certain is his relationship established with running backs coach Thomas Brown.
“Me and Coach Brown have built a good relationship and I think it is at a point where very, very close and closer than it might ever be,” Williams told BadgerNation. “We talk about everything like family, school and getting close to God. He is just a great guy and I feel like he would make me a better man and as a player. The things Wisconsin is doing in terms of running the ball with the running backs really appeals to me. I feel that is big and that is where I could see myself at right now.”
The four-star, 5-11, 195-pound tailback has originally planned to be visiting Madison for the Maryland game on October 25th, but most likely will have to push that back to the Nebraska game in November. Despite that, the No. 9 ranked running back and No. 102 overall player in the nation by Scout.com feels very strongly about the Badgers and has even thought of committing.
“Committing to Wisconsin passes through my mind a little bit, but I am just going to wait because I wouldn’t want to put anyone in the same thing to North Carolina,” said Williams, referring to his recent commitment to the Tar Heels. “You know I kind of regret putting them through that whole situation, and I don’t want to do anybody else until I am 100 percent sure I know what I want to do.
“There is a chance I could commit on my visit to Wisconsin, but like I said, I am going to try and hold it a little bit further. I would want to come home and still see if I feel that way. I would think about it a little more and look at the process and then maybe, but I am probably going to wait it out still.”
There is a lot going for Wisconsin right now with Williams, especially the fact how nice it would be to be to run behind Wisconsin’s offensive line week in and week out.
“Oh yeah that is definitely a plus,” said Williams. “I love my offensive line a lot, but I think we might top out at around 6 feet (laughter) and we have one guy that is big. I would love to be behind guys that are that big every time I touch the ball. If I do become a Badger, I will represent those guys as best as I possibly can.”
Not only has he made headlines with his recruitment, his play on the field has created plenty of attention by rushing for 1,450 yards and scoring 16 times through five games. However, he knows his success didn’t all come from him and credits his offensive line’s commitment from this past summer to be great.
“I have done the same thing I have done every year,” Williams said of his play. “The difference is my work has rubbed off on my other teammates and passed down to my offensive line. They were with me all summer working as much as I do and if you ask anybody around here, you would know I take pride in my work ethics. I wake up every morning at 4 to work out. I do everything at the highest point as best as I can do it. They realized that and that is why I am so successful right now because those guys are on board with the plan to wanting to be great and be the best you can be. That is what happens when you got a team that is willing to be great.”
Williams possibly might be visiting Tennessee this weekend for the Florida game and hopes to try to get to Auburn and Georgia this season.