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UW 2019 football class gets unexpected commitment on Saturday

3-star Maryland safety Bryson Williams pulled a shocking move and unexpectedly committed to Wisconsin for the 2019 class.

A lot of attention has been paid to the start of the 2019 recruiting class for the Wisconsin Badgers. That attention came due to landing multiple 4-star players.

On Saturday night the class grew by one, and did so in a very unexpected way. UW hosted 3-star safety Bryson Shaw and a few others from the 2019 class, but there was little inkling that any commitments were in the offing.

Following the unofficial visit, Shaw, a Potomac, Md. native, made his verbal pledge via Twitter.

Shaw is a known quantity in the football recruiting world, with offers from Duke, Maryland, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Virginia, and West Virginia on the table as well.

What makes his commitment even more interesting is that he has been committed to Maryland to play Lacrosse. He was rated an 85 and a 3.5-star recruit in the Lacrosse world according to Inside Lacrosse. Clearly football has won out with this commitment.

He’s the No. 73 ranked safety in the 2019 class for what that’s worth that this point in time. Additionally, Shaw comes from one of the biggest DMV programs out there in The Bullis School, which has already given the Badgers fellow safety Patrick Johnson.

The 6-2, 175-pound prospect may be a safety at this point, but one thing he has shown to date is blinding speed. One look at his film and you can see that he’s already one of the fastest kids on the field.

No doubt his dual-sport background also helps in understanding concepts and has made him a fluid athlete. He also isn’t afraid to hit, but at just 175 pounds, Shaw will have to put on some weight to play at safety and it may be his biggest challenge between now and his entrance to Wisconsin.

Yes, Wisconsin seems to have themselves a very intriguing prospect and in a class full of top-level talent this is a classic Badgers recruit if I’ve ever seen one.

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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