Walker Williams finally exhaled Wednesday morning.
The day before, he had just finished up finals at Tacoma Baptist Schools. On Wednesday morning – national letter of intent day – he arrived at the library to the sight he had been waiting for.
Congratulatory cake of signing with Wisconsin was laid out on the table. A Badgers’ football promotional video was played. A personal slide show presentation went down.
But the real honor of becoming the third Tacoma Baptist football player to sign with an NCAA Division I school in 21 seasons?
Williams got to sing the Wisconsin fight song – by himself (“On, Wisconsin!”)
“I had no idea what I was doing,” the big lineman admitted, followed by a roar of laughter.
“Yesterday. I did not see the (fight song) lyrics until they popped it up on the screen. I am going to definitely know it better in the years to come – after the Wisconsin coaches see that.”
The teenager known as “Walka, Walka, Walka,” was generous and gracious in front of the 50 or so spectators who came in to see him ink his name to the contract.
He was one of the last Wisconsin recruits to sign, too – at approximately 8:35 a.m. PST.
“It is a lot of relief,” Williams said. “Today is a great today. … The (recruiting) process is over, and I am a Badger now. I am opening a new chapter in my life, and I am excited for it.”