Originally committed to Cincinnati in May 2015, Dontye Carriere-Williams was offered by Wisconsin on Dec. 5, by which time it was clear the Badgers' staff had the talented corner on its radar.
At the time of the offer, most projected a commitment to UW was imminent. He officially visited Madison the weekend of Dec. 11, de-committed from Cincinnati on Dec. 16 and committed to the Badgers on Dec. 20.
Recruited primarily by defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield and secondarily by defensive backs coach Daronte Jones, both of whom remain on the Badgers' staff, Carriere-Willaims told Rivals, "The coaches were really genuine... I felt at home with the coaches. My comfort level was real high with the coaches as well as the players."
From Florida powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas (James White, Dezmen Southward, et al.), Carriere-Williams helps re-stock a position group that loses starter Darius Hillary and reserves T.J. Reynard and Terrance Floyd to graduation.
Prior to committing to Cincinnati, Carriere-Williams held offers from, among other Group of Five programs, South Florida, Southern Miss and Georgia Southern. Maryland offered eight days after Wisconsin did and Rutgers offered on Jan. 21.
Welcome Dontye Carriere-Williams (Hallandale Beach, Florida) to the #Badgers football family! #NSD2016 pic.twitter.com/rxrQ2VQoll— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) February 3, 2016
Highlights: New #Badgers CB Dontye Carriere-Williams #NSD2016 https://t.co/52kKRrHz6t— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) February 3, 2016
Verbally committed December 20, 2015
247Sports: ; Grade: 86; No. 70 CB; No. 104 Florida
ESPN: ; Grade: 71; No. 106 CB; No. 619 Regional; No. 203 Florida
Rivals: Grade: 5.6; No. 60 CB; NR overall; NR Florida
Scout: ; No. 150 CB; No. 26 Florida CB
Senior: Roster, Nike 2015: The Opening, Miami Regional, Reported 4.45 40-yard dash.