MADISON - After striking out in the state of Texas in the years since Marcus Cromartie, Shelton Johnson and Devin Smith committed to Wisconsin, head coach Gary Andersen and his staff made a renewed commitment to target some of the top talent in the Lone Star State in hopes of landing a talented prospect.
On Friday afternoon, the Badgers finally stuck oil when cornerback Takadrae Williams pledged to the Badgers' 2015 signing class. Williams is the seventh player to commit to Wisconsin and the first from the state of Texas since December 2008.
"It was a hard decision but when I looked online at Wisconsin, I liked what I saw," Williams told BadgerNation. "It's a good football program."
Losing five cornerbacks in the next two recruiting cycles, the Badgers have put an emphasis on rebooting their secondary with athleticism, speed and ball skills. It's a reason why Wisconsin offered over 35 defensive backs thus far in 2015.
Williams is still growing into the defensive back position, as he was moved from his wide receiver spot after three games last season.
"Coach Bond felt it would be better for me on the defensive side," said Williams. "It felt natural. I picked up everything that the coach taught me."
Williams was offered by the Badgers in May and said Wisconsin was at the top of his list because of defensive back Bill Busch continuing to recruit him following the initial offer.
"The coach really continued to like me," said Williams. "He always tried to keep in touch with me."
A few hours later, Williams' teammate, X'zavien Ausborne, also pledged his commitment to the Badgers in the 2015 class.
"It means a lot," said Williams of playing with Auborne. I hang with him and we do stuff together. We play well together. We always are communicating on the field. We wanted to play together (in college)."
Williams says he'll make his first visit to UW on an official visit in September, if not sooner. Until then ...
"It's all about working hard," said Williams, "and getting ready for the season."