With one week left until national signing day, Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst is having success putting the final touches on his first full year recruiting class. Most importantly, he’s successfully rebuilding the depth in the defensive backfield.
Having already secured a pair of three-star Florida cornerbacks in Ke'Shan Pennamon and Dontye Carriere-Williams, Wisconsin added a third three-star prospect to the mix Tuesday night when Grand Prairie (TX) South prospect Caesar Williams announced his commitment to the Badgers' 2016 class.
“Wisconsin was the right fit for me in all areas,” Williams who’s rated the No. 82 cornerback by Scout.com, told BadgerNation. “It was a good fit football wise in terms of playing time, education was a big factor and the connection that I have built with the coaches.”
Chryst was the recipient of the good news from Williams when he was in the car with some of his assistant coaches.
“They loved it,” Williams said. “They were really excited about the news. They were telling me that they don’t get a lot of Texas players and corners that aren’t my size.”
Listed at 6-0.5, Williams will enter Wisconsin as one of the taller cornerbacks on the roster. Describing his game as a quick twitch corner who is sound in his technique, Williams says he’s consistently studying to see how he can improve from each game, as one of his goals each week is to see marked improvement.
With the size of the wide receivers in the college game, Chryst has started to target bigger cornerbacks to help with the physicality at the line of scrimmage.
“They know with my size I’ll be able to compete with the wide receivers across from me, and if I do get beat that I have the recovery speed,” said Williams. “They think I have a chance to come in and play right away with my skill set.”
With Wisconsin losing three scholarship cornerbacks this past season and signing only one cornerback in 2015, the goal was to sign at least three this recruiting cycle. The commitment of Williams and Denver East athlete Deron Harrell, who projects as a corner and committed to a grayshirt offer minutes before Williams, should shore up that position.
Prior to Williams making his commitment to Wisconsin, Williams visited Kansas State last weekend on an official visit. While enjoying the visit, Williams knew leaving the trip that Wisconsin was the right fit for him.
“Kansas State was nice, good fan support, the facilities were nice and I liked the coaches,” said Williams. “But at the end, when I took my visit to Wisconsin, they treated me very well. I could just tell that Wisconsin felt like home to me.”