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Williams is a Badger . . . who sings the fight song

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!”)
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Northwest Nuggets: Silver Anniversary Edition

UW defensive tackle Steve Emtman was a member of the Northwest Nugget's first class and has the distinction of being the No. 1 Northwest Nugget of all-time.

Twenty-five years ago, The News Tribune published its first its annual look at the top football recruits in the region — the Northwest Nuggets. At the time, this was the only recruiting resource available in the region. It was a smashing success and other publications in the area followed suit. Twenty-five years later, the niche market of recruiting coverage has exploded, spawning websites backed by billion-dollar companies.

On Sunday, the TNT will publish its Silver Anniversary Edition of the Northwest Nuggets, examining the past and looking to the future of recruiting coverage, and, of course, lay out the top recruits in the Northwest.

FEATURE STORY: Todd Milles explores how recruiting coverage has changed over the past 25 years, starting from when the Northwest Nuggets began, moving on to the advent of recruiting websites and then into the social media age. It’s an interesting read.

NW NUGGETS CLASS OF 2012: Find out what 11 players made the cut for the year’s class of Northwest Nuggets.

ALL-TIME BEST NUGGETS: In 25 years, 302 players have earned the distinction of being called Northwest Nuggets. Here are the 10 best. Don’t agree? You can create your own list from the 302 Nuggets.
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Football: Walker Williams recounts Semper Fi bowl; turns down official visit to UW

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.
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Walker Williams honored by Semper Fidelis All-American Game

Representatives from the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl stopped by Tacoma Baptist Thursday afternoon to present Walker Williams with a jersey for the 2012 game.

Williams, a 6-foot-7, 315-pound senior offensive tackle, has given an oral commitment to the University of Wisconsin.

Here’s a link with more information on the game.


The News Tribune’s 2011 All-State Football Team

Bellevue High's Tyler Hasty (No. 1) rushed for 117 yards and scored four touchdowns in a win at Lakes. Hasty is The News Tribune's Football State Player of the Year. Photo by Dean J. Koepfler, staff photographer


Tyler Hasty, Bellevue
QB/DB, 5-11, 185, Senior

Hasty makes top-ranked Bellevue’s fine-tuned offensive go and provides pop on defense. He turned in his finest offensive performance in one of the Wolverines’ biggest games, rushing for 113 yards and four TDs on 17 carries in a 35-14 win over Lakes in the quarterfinals on the way to a fourth straight trip to the Class 3A state finals. He also helped run-oriented Bellevue add a passing attack this season, throwing for almost 1,000 yards and 9 TDs. KingCo 3A/2A’s Defensive Player of the Year, Hasty has four interceptions. He has offers from Colorado, Oregon State and Idaho.

Randy Davis, Cascade Christian

Gutted by graduation, the defending Class 1A state champions took early-season lumps, but have found their way to the state finals for the fourth straight season

QB Max Browne 6-5 210 Jr. Skyline
Completed 71.3 percent of passes for 3,813 yards, 43 TDs and 5 interceptions

RB Matt Hadley 5-11 195 Sr. Connell
BYU recruit ran for 2,162 yards; owns state records for career TDs, points scored

RB Parker Henry 6-0 205 Sr. Skyview
Heart of the Storm rushed for 2,161 yards, 31 TDs, has team in state finals
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Football: Walker Williams to receive Semper Fidelis Bowl jersey Thursday

Walker Williams will be honored by the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on Thursday at Tacoma Baptist. Williams is orally committed to the University of Wisconsin.

Here’s the release:

Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl Selection Tour Coming to Tacoma Baptist High School

Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl representatives are coming to Tacoma on Dec. 1 to present Tacoma Baptist High School’s Walker Williams with his invitation to the inaugural bowl game. The event will include a welcome presentation from bowl representatives and a special presentation of game apparel to Walker.

The classic East versus West gridiron matchup, presented by JuniorRank Sports in partnership

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Football: Recruiting updates, video interviews with Garnett, Banner

In Sunday’s newspaper (and online), we’re running features on a trio of outstanding offensive tackles – Lakes’ Zach Banner, Puyallup’s Joshua Garnett and Tacoma Baptist’s Walker Williams.

The South Sound – and probably the state – has never had three offensive tackles in the same class that drew the amount of recruiting interest as Banner, Garnett and Williams.

Here’s link to the feature stories.

Williams, a 6-foot-7, 320-pound senior, was the first of the trio to give an oral commitment, pledging on Friday to attend the University of Wisconsin. Click here for a video interview with Williams, plus more on his commitment to the Badgers.

Banner (6-foot-8, 330 pounds) and Garnett (6-foot-5, 290 pounds) are undecided. Each can pretty much attend whatever school they desire.

Here are video interviews and recruiting information on Garnett and Banner that didn’t get into the feature stories:

Joshua Garnett
(You can follow Garnett on Twitter at @iamjoshg)

Recruiting update: Garnett’s most recent trip was an unofficial visit to USC last week. He said he really enjoyed it (he talks about it in the video interview).

Garnett said he hadn’t narrowed his choices down past a list of 10 schools.

“I had a list, but so much stuff has happened,” he said. “Until this summer is over, I don’t think I can make a top list.”

Official visits scheduled: None yet, though he said he’s going to take an official visit to Miami in January after he plays in the Under Armour All-American Bowl, and he will try to visit Michigan on Sept. 10.

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Football: Walker Williams goes nuclear, commits to Wisconsin (w/video)

EDIT: Story from signing day when Walker Williams sings “On Wisconsin”

EDIT: This feature on Walker Williams was published Jan. 21 as part of The News Tribune’s 25th Annual Northwest Nuggets recruiting package.

Tacoma Baptist’s massive offensive tackle Walker Williams, he stands 6-foot-7, 320 pounds, gave an oral commitment on Friday to attend the University of Wisconsin.

“Making the call to tell the Wisconsin coaches, it was a feeling of relief,” Williams said. “They were really excited.”

Williams returned from a trip to the Madison, Wis., campus earlier in the week, having toured UW for the second time

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