Fresh off paying for his second flight out to Madison to see the campus and visit with players and coaches, the Tacoma (WA) Baptist High offensive tackle knew he wanted to play for the Badgers and simply did not want to wait for his official visit to make his verbal pledge, a reason he called the coaches Friday morning.
"Yes sir, I committed to Wisconsin," Williams told Badger Nation Friday night.
Williams, a three-star tackle ranked No.64 in the nation by Scout.com, picked the Badgers over Pac 12 schools Colorado, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah and Washington and is the ninth verbal commitment in the 2012 recruiting class. He is also the third offensive lineman, joining four-star athletes Kyle Dodson and Dan Voltz.
In his first trip to the campus for the team's spring game, Williams (6-7, 321 pounds) flew down with his parents and got a full tour of the campus, got to meet the coaching staff and the players and got to get a glimpse of what a game day is like at Wisconsin. This time, Williams came with his mom, and spent the majority of his visit getting a feel for the campus, the academics and the players, a group Williams said was tight knit and family oriented.
The following is a Q&A with Williams
Badger Nation: After originally saying you were going to take your time with the process and take some more visits, what made you decide to pull the trigger so quick?
Walker Williams: After really starting to think about it and after my second visit, I knew that I really wanted to go to Wisconsin, no matter what schools I decided to also visit. I really thought that if I went to official visits at other schools, I would be leading them on because I wouldn't be considering them anyway. I am not the type of person to waste people's time. It would be fun going through the recruiting experience and everything, but that's not me personally.
BN: What was the tipping point for you on your second visit that you realized on the flight home that Wisconsin was the place for you?
WW: There really wasn't one single thing. I just really liked my talk with the coaches and hanging out with the players. The academics are really strong and it's really the best part of all the athletics, the academics, the social life and the campus I could find. I just really liked everything about it.
BN: Did Wisconsin give you a timetable or were they holding a spot for you regardless?
WW: They didn't pressure me at all. I was pretty much on my own timetable.
BN: Talk to me about your call to the Wisconsin coaching staff Friday morning.
WW: I first called Joe Rudolph, my recruiting coach, and he was of course really excited. He handed the phone off to Bob Bostad and I told him the news. He then past the phone to Bret Bielema, so they were all excited. It was really great that they were all excited for me because I was excited.
BN: Where does Coach Bostad see you fitting into his offensive line?
WW: They recruited me as a tackle. While I could play guard and I'll play guard at high school, chances are that I will be playing either left or right tackle.
BN: Tell me about the dinner with Bart Houston. Have you talked to Bart since you committed and did that have any impact on your decision?
WW: I really liked talking to him, but it really didn't have an impact on me coming to Wisconsin. I am really looking forward to having him as my quarterback because he's a great player and a really fun guy. I actually haven't talked to him yet. My phone has been blowing up since the afternoon yesterday, so I have to call him.
BN: What are your big plans between now and when you come out to Wisconsin for the Nebraska? What do you have to do to get ready for the season and are you going to promote Wisconsin in your area?
WW: I want to just keep working hard and be the best leader I can be on our team and help us get in position to win a state championship this year. Wisconsin really doesn't have many recruits in this area. I am not the student-recruiter type anyway, so my focus football wise is going to help my team and just keep working.
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