Recruiting is the lifeblood of any major college athletics team, but following it closely as a fan can sometimes be difficult and can often be time consuming. We’ll try and condense all the recruiting news you can use into this bi-weekly (or more often since we are in Uncertain Times and there aren’t actual sports going on) post. It’ll include updates on current commits, including stats from their high school games, as well as news on players the Badgers are still pursuing. Let’s get down to business!
- 2022 4-star (247 and Rivals standalone) WR CJ Williams (Santa Ana, Calif.) out of Mater Dei High School received an offer from the Wisconsin Badgers and the wide receivers coach Alvis Whitted on Wednesday. Alabama (where his father went to school and where Williams was born) and Ohio State are thought to be in the lead for his services, but he also has offers from LSU, Southern Cal, Texas, Auburn, Oregon, Notre Dame and basically every other school in the country.
Beyond blessed to have earned an offer to THE University of Wisconsin! Thank you @CoachWhitted for this great opportunity. @MDFootball @premiumsportsla @TheMatt_V @chrisflores0321 @GregBiggins @adamgorney @BrandonHuffman @FootballRecruit #Badgers ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/685lw0Jti6— CJ Williams (@CJWilliams_03) May 20, 2020
The 6-foot-2 and 193 pound wideout is rated as the No. 31 player in the whole country, the No. 4 WR and the No. 5 player in California by 247 Sports. He was named to the first team all-Trinity League team as a sophomore after having 50 catches for 684 yards and four touchdowns.
Williams has the ideal size for a No. 1 wide receiver and probably has the frame to add a little bit more weight without sacrificing his athleticism.
I wouldn’t describe Williams as “blazing” fast, but he certainly has speed and can run past defensive backs on occasion. His route running seems advanced for his age and he has a great connection with his quarterback (who also seems very talented) and I’d imagine his stats will increase as he becomes an upperclassman.
The Badgers strategy for the 2022 class at the skill positions seems to be “shoot for the stars.” This is another player who has copious amounts of offers from blue bloods and powerhouses. Will he consider Wisconsin? I guess we’ll see how good Whitted is on the recruiting trail sooner rather than later.