Recruiting's a wild experience. There are a lot of lows along the way. But while I've always said that recruiting is a flat circle, it doesn't mean there aren't some highs along the way.
I mean, the Badgers already grabbed two commitments for this week from people who visited Madison for the Nebraska game. There are also still more possibilities for how the Badgers can finish up their 2015 class, and yes, they just might also get themselves on the board for 2016.
RB Antonio Williams
5'11, 210 lbs.
New London (North Stanly), N.C.
Antonio Williams is a 2016 prospect that's been tweeting his love for the Badgers over the past few weeks. And the momentum for the ninth-ranked 2016 247Sports Composite prospect for the position has gone towards the Badgers. Williams has a Dec. 4 commitment announcement planned, and there was also a scheduled visit to Auburn this week. And while Auburn is playing Samford, Auburn does have higher highs in recent years than Wisconsin.
But recruiting is always adventurous, especially when it comes to those who visit campuses. It turns out the Badgers will host Williams for the Minnesota game on Nov. 29, which on atmosphere alone will be more exciting than an FBS-FCS matchup.
Oh, and the visit to Auburn this weekend has been cancelled. Sure, it's still two weeks between now and a commitment announcement, and it's a long way between now and February 2016. But the Badgers look like they're about to get a running back with a pre-college pedigree that they haven't had in a long while. Heck, Melvin Gordon went into college as the 18th-ranked running back in his class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
RB Ty'Son Williams
5'11, 200 lbs.
Sumter (Crestwood), S.C.
Wisconsin has been recruiting both Brian Cole and Jordan Stevenson hard, and there have been reports that Mike Weber is back on the Badgers' radar. But none of these running backs were on campus for the Nebraska game. As it turns out, Ty'Son Williams was.
Williams, a four-star prospect from Sumter (Crestwood), S.C., was another North Carolina commitment in Madison last weekend, joining three-star inside linebacker Andre Smith. As it stands, Williams isn't as fast as Cole or Stevenson, but he definitely feels like a better version of Ke'Shawn Vaughn in that he's a more powerful version of a versatile back with a reported 4.48-second 40-yard dash time.
Expect there to be a decision made relatively quickly here, as Williams has a scholarship agreement for an early admission in place with North Carolina. If Wisconsin gets the flip, it may still go after another major talent at the position. But as it stands right now, the Badgers find themselves in place to get themselves a top-25 running back on the national level.
Of course, there's still a long way to go between now and the end of this cycle. But right now, the roller coaster's fun.
Funny how a big win over a ranked team tends to do that.