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2018 Early Signing Period: DL Bryson Williams signs with Wisconsin

This Badger, who will enroll early, could make a quick impact.

Class of 2018 DL Bryson Williams

Position Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Position Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
DL 6'2 295 Lincoln, Neb. (Southeast) Three-star; No. 52 DT

Bryson Williams is a key member of the class of 2018, as the potential defensive lineman should help provide depth to Inoke Breckerfield’s position groups with the loss of three defensive ends to eligibility and nose tackle Olive Sagopolu entering his senior season for 2018.

According to Williams and UW, he will enroll early and get a head start on learning Jim Leonhard’s defense for the spring, presumably at nose tackle, but there was some last-minute love from new Nebraska head coach Scott Frost and his new staff that made the prep lineman’s decision interesting up until last week.


247Sports (composite): Three stars; Grade: 0.8540; No. 912 player in the country; No. 62 DT; No. 3 player overall in NE

247Sports: Three stars; Grade 86; No. 824 player; No. 52 DT; No. 2 player overall in NE

ESPN: Three stars; Grade: 77; No. 61 Position; No. 145 Regional; No. 3 State

Rivals: Three stars; No. N/A National; No. 3 player overall in NE; No. N/A Position

Verbally committed on July 5, 2017

Williams committed during the summer after initially receiving an offer from the Badgers’ coaching staff on June 20.

His verbal commitment held up strong, even after a last minute offer from Nebraska in December when Frost took over the Huskers’ football program and made it a priority to keep the prep standout within the state.

After taking his official visit to Wisconsin and being courted with in-home visits by both the Badgers’ and Huskers’ coaching staff, Williams reaffirmed his commitment to play for the cardinal and white on Dec. 15.

According to 247, Williams held offers from the likes of Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, Virginia Tech, Duke, Iowa State, Kansas State, and Navy, among others.

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Bio (courtesy of

High School: Three-star recruit by 247 Sports, ESPN and Rivals … named first-team all-state as a junior and senior … honorable mention all-state as a sophomore … earned Super-State honors from Lincoln Journal Star as a senior and second-team Super-State laurels as a junior … three-time first-team All-City selection … finished three-year varsity career with 195 total tackles, 7.5 sacks and 4 rushing touchdowns … racked up 77 tackles and 3.0 sacks and scored 4 rushing touchdowns as a senior … notched 58 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 2 pass breakups as a junior … had 60 tackles, including 1.0 sack, as a sophomore … as a junior, claimed Class A state championship in shot put (54-5) after setting best of 55-5 1/2 while winning district title … also lettered in basketball … finalist for Lincoln Journal Star multi-sport athlete of the year … six-time Academic All-State selection … four-year honor roll student … finalist for the US Bank Believers and Achievers Award … coach was Ryan Gottula

Personal: Parents are Liz Seitz and Daniel English