With Wisconsin’s 2016 recruiting class down to just a handful of spots, the Badgers are using the final three weekends before national signing day to bring some of their top remaining targets to campus.
Although he entered the recruiting picture late for Wisconsin, there’s no denying that Grand Prairie (TX) South cornerback Caesar Williams views the Badgers highly after an important three-day official visit.
“It was great,” Williams told BadgerNation. “Great town. The fans there treat the players like N.F.L. players. It was just a great feeling to have. On top of that, the fans are loyal. I can see why it was rated the number one college town.”
One of four known official visitors on campus for Wisconsin, and just one of two uncommitted players, Williams got a sense of what a home football game is like down the block at Camp Randall Stadium by soaking in the atmosphere of the Kohl Center crowd during the Badgers’ 77-76 victory over No.4 Michigan State.
“I figured if a basketball game is like that, I can’t wait to see what a football game is like with 80,000 people, especially with Jump Around,” said Williams, who was hosted on the visit by receiver George Rushing. “Wisconsin has a top notch program with a lot of tradition in (its) culture.”
Wisconsin entered the picture for the 6-1 Williams in December. According to Williams, receivers coach Ted Gilmore started making some calls with UW looking for another cornerback in the 2016 class, and Williams’ name popped up the most.
“When I got the opportunity, I started looking at the program and seeing how bad they needed my position,” said Williams. “If the offer is late, it really doesn’t matter like that. I always have to go somewhere and still compete. Coach Gilmore said they liked me more than half of the kids they had looked at, so they had to offer me.”
The relationship with Gilmore has blossomed for Williams, who found out that his high school math teacher played for Gilmore at Nebraska.
“(My teacher) told me that Coach Gilmore tells you nothing but the truth,” said Williams. “Chis Orr – a freshman inside linebacker – said that everything they tell you is true. If they say you you have a chance to play early, you’ve got a chance to play early.”
Before leaving campus, Williams spent time with head coach Paul Chryst.
“He knew I was a great football player; he wanted to find out about my future,” said Williams. “He wanted to find out what kind of person I was. It’s not just about football with him, but life overall.”
Having Indiana, SMU and Wisconsin in his top three, Williams – rated a two-star prospect by Scout.com - said he’s taking an official visit to Kansas State Jan. 22-24 after the Wildcats offered Friday. He doesn’t have a visit planned the final weekend in January because he likely will announce his decision before then.
Considering how the UW coaches made him felt over the weekend, Williams knows Wisconsin is a solid choice.
“The coaches are very good people and very good coaches, as well,” said Williams. “If I didn’t play football, I feel like they would still take care of me. It felt like a big family.”