It happened during his unofficial visit to Madison last November, a visit that sold him on his decision to commit to the program a short time later. It was the same feeling he got following a lengthy unofficial visit to the program over the summer.
Sitting in the stands for Wisconsin’s 28-0 victory over Hawaii on his official visit, a game in which the running game exploded for over 300 yards, Williams was in heaven.
“I enjoyed seeing the guys get going on the ground,” Williams told BadgerNation. “Everything we did, that’s what Wisconsin is all about. Every time I come up here I enjoy it. I love being in Madison. I can’t complain about that.
“The game was ridiculous. There was so many highlights. I can’t lie. Everything was so fun and it was so good to be around everybody.”
Rated the No.268 prospect in the country by Scout.com, Williams already knows the ins and outs of the UW program and the city. This weekend was special, however, because of the number of Williams’ future teammates who were on campus to watch the game with him.
For a group that was already close because of social media, phone calls and group chats, the weekend further forged those friendships.
“Man, we built a connection over one day that I think will last the next four years,” said Williams. “I got so close to those guys that quick. We instantly all had a connection right off the bat. Through that, I think that we can do great things for Wisconsin.”
Arguably the closest relationship for Williams came with Lyles, the three-star quarterback from Scottsdale (AZ) Saguaro. The first two commits for the Badgers in 2017, Williams and Lyles will be roommates when they enroll early for spring football.
“I feel like our bond grew even more,” said Williams. “I feel that rooming together is going to be ridiculous. He’s a funny guy. I feel like we’ll have some real good stories to tell when we leave here. Once when we get established on the field, we’ll be able to do some real creative things.”
Williams arrived Saturday morning and was hosted by junior tailback Dare Ogunbowale, who Williams already had a prior relationship with. Having rushed for over 1,400 yards and 16 touchdowns through four games, Williams finished with a season-low 141 yards on 16 carries but was more than happy to share the workload in his team’s three-running back rotation.
“We balanced everything out,” said Williams. “Our quarterback had 150 passing yards, the other running back had 90 rushing yards, so it was just a complete team game. That’s what we’re trying to get to.”