Commitment Date: 12/20/15
Commitment in the Class: 21st
Accolades: Rated the No.26 cornerback in Florida, No.50 in the South and No.150 in the country … helped Aquinas claim back-to-back Class 7A state championships ... grabbed three interceptions as a senior ... finished career with 70 tackles, 30 pass breakups and five interceptions.
Recruiting Story: After helping lead Miami Booker T. Washington to a state championship his sophomore season, Carriere-Williams picked up his first scholarship offers from Buffalo, Temple and Troy and started hearing from many power five schools. A year later, helping Booker T. Washington win another state championship, Carriere-Williams' biggest addition to his offer list was Florida Atlantic.
Wanting to get himself noticed more by power five conference schools, Carriere-Williams transferred to St. Thomas Aquinas, considered one of the best high school football programs in the country. By May, Carriere-Williams took himself off the market by committing to Cincinnati, a program that would allow him the chance to compete early for playing time, but he was still open to suitors.
Wisconsin had been monitoring Carriere-Williams since the spring but wanted to see his senior film before extending him a scholarship offer. Looking to recruit taller cornerbacks, Carriere-Williams’ ball skills and confidence on the field made the Badgers convinced that he was the right fit for the program and offered him in early December. Bringing him on an official visit the next weekend, the Badgers became the team to beat, especially since he called the visit a “life changing experience.”
Carriere-Williams picked up an offer from Maryland shortly after (only his second power five offer) and then announced his de-commitment from Cincinnati. Four days later, he tweeted his commitment to Wisconsin and never wavered when other schools tried to recruit him before signing day.
Why Wisconsin? “Wisconsin fit me. I was cool with the coaches and everything. The campus was great. It was a great experience. I felt like it was the best place for me to be.” – Carriere-Williams
Scouting Report: Carriere-Williams 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. – Scout’s Florida recruiting analyst Corey Bender
Coach’s Quote: “He’s got quick feet and swag to him. He’s got three state championships at two national powerhouses. He’s competitive. He’s a true cover corner. The thing you like about him is that he’s competitive at everything.” Wisconsin defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield, who recruited Carriere-Williams.
BadgerNation Prediction: Running a 4.4 40-yard dash, Carriere-Williams biggest attribute is his speed, but there’s more to him that meets the eye. His film screams athleticism and confidence, allowing him to make plays in coverage and locking down bigger receivers in man-to-man defense. UW didn’t sign three corners in this class for them to redshirt and grow. Carriere-Williams doesn’t shy away from the chance to play early but adds his big thing next season is to develop into a player that can be a solid four year player for the program.