Antonio Williams backs off his 10-month verbal pledge to Wisconsin

The first commit in Wisconsin's 2016 class is no longer committed, as New London (NC) North Stanly four-star tailback Antonio Williams announced his de-commitment Wednesday.

MADISON - After seemingly hitting home run after home run in its 2016 recruiting class, Wisconsin's recruiting class received a huge blow Wednesday afternoon.

After days of speculation, New London (NC) North Stanly tailback Antonio Williams - seemingly the most solid player in the class - announced that he was de-committing from the Badgers' program.

Williams - a former North Carolina commit - picked Wisconsin in December over a final group that included Auburn, Duke, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Ohio State. He also held offers from Clemson, Georgia, Michigan, NC State, South Carolina and Wake Forest. Rated a four-star tailback, Williams is rated the No.18 running back in the country and the No.268 overall prospect by

He is scheduled to take an unofficial visit to Ohio State this weekend for the Buckeyes' primetime game against Penn State and said he would make a decision soon after that.

Williams took his official visit to Wisconsin on Sept.26, a weekend he said was full of highlights, particularly the chance to build relationships with the committed players on campus that weekend.

“Man, we built a connection over one day that I think will last the next four years,” Williams said. “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.”

Wisconsin's 2016 recruiting class now stands at 20 players.

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