With Wisconsin’s 2017 recruiting class almost completed, the Badgers have started to tap into some of Florida’s young 2018 talent. Hitting Coconut Creek (Fla.) High to scout the program’s talented roster, the Badgers became impressed with cornerback Marquis Williams, extending what he called a “surprising and very intriguing.”
"It's a great school,” Williams told BadgerNation. “Their academics and football team are both top notch, something that is very intriguing about Wisconsin. I can't wait to attend their camps this summer and get a better feel of the program.”
Sitting on 11 offers, Williams has already received power five offers from Indiana, Louisville, North Carolina State and Syracuse but said his biggest offer before Wisconsin was from Clemson.
“Wisconsin and Clemson are both the biggest schools that offered me so far, so I'll be visiting both those schools,” Williams said. “Clemson was like Wisconsin, the surprised me with their offers but both are more than a blessing. I can't wait to keep working hard and see how Wisconsin stacks up against my other offers, because as of now they are one of the top schools.”
Although undersized at 5-9 and 160 pounds, Williams is generating major interest because of his ability to use his speed to his advantage and versatile enough to be a cornerback, nickel or a safety.
“I play aggressive,” he said. “I'm a ball hawk on the field and once I grow more and get stronger I'll be able to play more physical. I've been told by many scouts they love my speed and agility. I plan on working more on my footwork and strength this summer. I will be playing 7 v 7 also to work on fundamentals, but I feel the best part of my game is my versatility on the field.”
Listing early playing time and a connection with a coaching staff has two of main things he’s looking for, Williams feels the Badgers would be a strong fit for him because they check off both of those categories.
“I know Wisconsin has both of those, one reason why they’re high on my list,” he said. “Wisconsin came all the way down to Florida to scout me, and that means a lot. It's kinda crazy if you think about it, but it's a blessing. I can't wait to attend the camps this summer and hopefully meet the staff there."