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Football: Walker Williams recounts Semper Fi bowl; turns down official visit to UW

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on Jan. 5, 2012 at 4:33 pm with 2 Comments »
January 5, 2012 4:53 pm

Tacoma Baptist senior Walker Williams, a 6-foot-7, 315-pound offensive tackle bound for the University of Wisconsin, returned Wednesday evening from playing in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Phoenix.

Williams welcomed the chance to face elite competition.

“I went 100 percent on every play because you don’t want to look stupid on national TV,” said Williams, who had six pancake blocks in the game. “I don’t want to be on someone’s highlight reel.”

Williams enjoyed pageantry of the event. He also met three generals and a sergeant major, the highest non-commissioned officer in the Marine Corps.

“I wouldn’t want to get in a fight with that guy,” Williams quipped.

When Williams returned to school on Thursday, Washington offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto met him during Williams’ lunch period. The two chatted for about 30 minutes and Cozzetto asked Williams if he wanted to take an official visit to Washington. Williams declined and told Cozzetto that he had an in-home visit with Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema on Friday, Jan. 6.

“I told (Cozzetto) that there wasn’t anything in the forseeable future that would cause me to de-commit from Wisconsin,” Williams said.

Washington ratcheted up its recruitment of Williams after he gave an oral commitment to Wisconsin on August, but Williams hasn’t wavered. His only official visit was a trip to Wisconsin and he’s planning on taking a few close friends to the Badgers’ spring football game in April.

“They’re going to get to see what Wisconsin is all about,” he said.

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  1. NathanParsons says:

    I play football at Bellevue Christian school and was actually forced to block this man child. He destroyed me (obviously), but what stood out to me was his character. Never took any cheap shots, and at the end of the game he gave advice to me, and stuff like that. I’ll be cheering for him at Wisconsin.

  2. onewodwacker says:

    Walker, I wished I could apologize for the few negative knuckleheads we have in our community, but they are like gnats – get rid of one a two more come back! Just know, they are NOT UW Husky fans. More likely than not, they are fans from another University trying their best to keep you from looking at Washington. I can tell you, there are 250,000 UW Alums who want you here and 10 loud mouths who don’t – PLEASE – stop listening to those 10! Anyway – I know you have turned down the opportunity to visit Washington, but if you ever re-consider – just know there are 250,000 hometown UW family members waiting to give you a standing ovation.

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