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Williams sticking with Big Ten

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Walker Williams said he was disappointed that some Wisconsin coaches left for Pitt, including offensive line coach Bob Bostad, but he plans to stick with his commitment because he's confident the program's philosophy won't change.
The 6-foot-7, 320-pound offensive tackle from Tacoma (Wash.) Tacoma Baptist said at the recent Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl that Washington State is trying to recruit him but Wisconsin is the place for him.
"I'm pretty firm on Wisconsin even with the recent coaching shifts," Williams said.
"It's going to be pretty interesting to see how it plays out. Coach (Paul) Chryst and coach Bostad are great coaches and they're going to be hard to replace but Wisconsin will recover, it's a great program and I wish Pitt great luck in the future because I know they have a great base to start off with.
"The head coach is still there and he still has the same offensive philosophy. He's not going to bring in an offensive coordinator that's going to put in some spread stuff. He's not going to have that. The offensive philosophy isn't going to change but the personnel is going to change and that's the biggest thing."
Four Wisconsin commits - Williams, Bart Houston, J.J. Denman and D.J. Singleton - all played in the Semper Fidelis Bowl and Williams said it's a credit to the Badgers' recruiting efforts.
Those four players are from Washington, California, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, respectively, and Williams said he believes Wisconsin's success on the field will only help with getting top players in future classes.
"Wisconsin is just now getting enough nationwide attention where they can grab recruits from all corners of the United States," Williams said.
"I think that's really great for the program and a lot of teams can't do that and they don't have that advantage recruiting-wise. I see them being good enough in the future where they can continue to do that."
Williams, a three-star prospect who's rated No. 55 at offensive tackle in the 2012 class and sixth in the Washington state rankings, said even though Wisconsin is the right spot for him he's not going to push others.
Sure, he'll discuss the Badgers with prospective recruits but doesn't want to bother them too much leading up to signing day.
"I'm going to let people do their own thing," Williams said. "I know personally I didn't like it when people tried to recruit me hard. It kind of turned me off. Of course I'll talk to them about it but I'm not going to try to heavily recruit them."
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