Wisconsin lands a speedy, aggressive, lockdown corner in Dontye Carriere-Williams

Wisconsin hopes it struck paydirt at one of the country's top high schools Sunday morning when Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas cornerback Dontye Carriere-Williams announced for the Badgers. What kind of player are the Badgers getting? BadgerNation breaks down the commitment impact.

Committed Over: Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas cornerback Dontye Carriere-Williams, a previous Cincinnati commit, choose Wisconsin over other offers from Arkansas State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Southern, Maryland, Rice, South Florida and Temple, among others.

Rated: Carriere-Williams is currently ranked the No.26 cornerback in the state of Florida, No.60 in the south and No.142 in the country by Scout.com.

On Film: The 5-foot-11, 172-pound cover corner does a great job of blanketing his opponent and not providing much wiggle room downfield. He believes he's the best, and plays with that swagger and confidence that defensive coordinators covet in their secondary. Carriere-Williams also plays with great discipline and technique when going one-on-one on the perimeter.

This South Florida native rarely bites on double moves, and can really flip his hips and run step-for-step with wide receivers. Carriere-Williams is a quick-twitch, bouncy athlete that sinks his hips and operates with fluidity. He does a good job of reading and reacting, and flashes impressive recovery speed as well.

This is one of the more under-recruited defensive backs in talent-rich South Florida. Carriere-Williams has the passion and confidence that could take him a long way. – Florida Recruiting Analyst Corey Bender.

Recruiting Impact: This was a critical land for Wisconsin in the 2016 recruiting. With the Badgers set to lose three cornerbacks (Terrance Floyd, Darius Hillary and T.J. Reynard) following the season, and only signing one cornerback prospect (Titus Booker) last season, the Badgers wanted to grab at least a pair of island defenders. UW has now done that in a pair of Florida corners – Carriere-Williams and Ke'Shan Pennamon.

Don’t be surprised if the Badgers aren’t willing to settle on two, however. UW is spending a lot of time recruiting Alexandria (VA) Episcopal cornerback Patrice Rene, a three-star prospect who took an official visit to Madison in November and has hosted the UW staff on an in-home visit in his native Canada. Rene remains committed to Rutgers.

There are other names out there (Baylen Buchanan, Terrell Burgess, Lorenzo Burns, Armunz Mathews, among others) but it’s appears that the ship has sailed on the rest.

Quotable: “The coaches are really genuine and made me feel at home. I can come in and have an opportunity to get on the field (next season). Having a chance to open against LSU is huge.” – Carriere-Williams

Final Thought: How good is Carriere-Williams? Consider this: he won three state championships at two different schools by being a lockdown cornerback. Carriere-Williams rarely got tested at Miami Booker T. Washington high school, winning state titles as a sophomore and junior, and was a huge part of St. Thomas Aquinas’ attack this past season. Carriere-Williams runs a 4.4 40-yard dash, flashes athleticism in coverage and looks confident in man-to-man defense.

UW has scored in the past with prospects from St. Thomas Aquinas (Conor O’Neill, Dezmen Southward and James White). Carriere-Williams looks more than capable of carrying on that tradition.


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