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Badgers pull 2018 3-star DT from Nebraska

UW goes to the land of corn to get 3-star DT from Huskers back yard.

Summer has been red-hot for the Wisconsin Badgers on the 2018 recruiting trail, and as July starts things aren’t cooling off much at all.

Just 15 days after being offered and visiting Madison, three-star defensive tackle prospect Bryson Williams gave his verbal commitment to the Badgers. The Lincoln, Neb. (Southeast) resident chose the Badgers over offers from some pretty good schools.

He picked UW over Duke, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, and Virginia Tech to name a few.

According to our recruiting partners at Badger247, Williams had always coveted a Badger offer and once it happened the choice was easy to make.

“Wisconsin has been on my list ever since the recruiting process has started,” Williams told Badger247. “I’ve always been trying to get Wisconsin’s attention. When they called and offered, I knew had to visit right away.

“The visit was just really great. It was just the place I wanted to be. My parents loved the visit, loved the town and everything about it.”

Williams is the 17th player to commit to the Badgers so far this recruiting cycle. That likely means just one player left if UW goes to national signing day with the numbers expected on their roster going forward.

He is the No. 63 ranked player at the defensive tackle position and the No. 3 ranked player in the state of Nebraska.

With the Huskers looking to switch to a 3-4 look, it was interesting to see the home-state team not make a play for him in their own backyard. However, Williams grew up mostly in Rockford, Ill. so a move to Madison wouldn’t be too far from home really.

At 6-2, 290 pounds, Williams comes to the Badgers stout enough to play defensive tackle, but also agile enough to go out on the edge. He is yet another player with plenty of versatility for a line full of those types of players.

Wisconsin was looking long and hard for its defensive tackle in this class and has found him. Now the race to fill the final spot is on, and it will be an interesting one as the Badgers would like to land either a tight end or another cornerback to round out the class.

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball


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