MADISON - With his college recruiting process just starting to heat up, David Williams already had a good idea of what is in store for him over the next several months. After all, he's going through a mini-recruiting process right now.
With West Catholic (PA) High School closing after this season due to low enrollment, Williams has been fielding numerous calls from area high school coaches interested in acquiring his services for his senior season. In a way, it's like his pre-recruitment.
"I call it my ‘Mock Recruiting,'" Williams told Badger Nation. "I think this is going to make my (college) recruiting process even easier."
One would hope so, because Williams has already secured double-digit offers after two monster high school seasons.
A 6-1, 185-pound four-star running back according to Scout.com, Williams has had plenty of success fitting into the pro-style offense that West Catholic has run, rushing for 1,938 yards and 18 touchdowns last season. That production comes after a sophomore year where he carried the ball 100 times for 924 yards and 17 touchdowns.
With those kinds of numbers, Wisconsin running back coach Thomas Hammock, the lone UW offensive assistant current on staff, has been stepping up his recruitment of Williams by extending a scholarship offer Friday.
"The Wisconsin offer was kind of surprising, but the relationship with Coach Hammock is really good," said Williams. "I have been calling him here and there for a couple months. I talked to him a couple times during the season. He told me they take one running back a year, and he says he wants me to play for him.
"It's an honor to have an offer from Wisconsin, knowing the running back tradition this year."
Williams became accustomed to Wisconsin's tradition at tailback – which extends from Alan Amache to Ron Dayne to current Heisman finalists Montee Ball – when he saw how productive the running attack was during the Big Ten Championship game and the Rose Bowl.
"Their running game dominates," said Williams of Wisconsin.
In addition to the Badgers and South Carolina, who just offered Williams Monday, the four-star runner reports offers from Arizona State, Connecticut, Maryland, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers Temple and Virginia.
Williams is hoping to go on some high school visits in the coming weeks to see how he fits in. His college visits may take a little longer. While he claims no early favorites and doesn't plan on having a top five or top 10 until summer, Williams has already begun his research on different colleges, looking at what they offer athletically and academically.
"I am looking at schools that fit my game, have a good tradition of running and a good balance of running and passing," said Williams.
After averaging 235.6 rushing yards and 234.3 passing yards last season, it's not surprising that Wisconsin is one of the schools that certainly has caught his attention.
"South Carolina and Wisconsin run the ball a lot, so I am obviously interested in those two right now," said Williams. "I want to find the school that I am most comfortable playing at and the school that is most interested in me."