James Williams-committed

Chaminade-Madonna Prep cornerback James Williams and teammates celebrate beating Oxbridge Academy during their 3A state title game, Saturday, December 9, 2017, at Camping World Stadium. Williams committed to Wisconsin on Sunday during an official visit to Madison.

The University of Wisconsin football team picked up its ninth verbal commitment for the 2019 class Sunday when cornerback James Williams pledged to the Badgers during an official visit.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Williams, from Chaminade-Madonna Prep in Hollywood, Fla., rates as a three-star prospect by Rivals and 247sports and also held reported offers from Florida, Louisville, Missouri, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Syracuse, South Florida and others.

"I would first like to thank God for blessing me with the ability to play this amazing game," Williams wrote on Twitter. "I would like to thank my parents for raising me to be a great young man and sacrificing so much for me. I would also like to thank my coaches and teammates for pushing me to be the player I am today."

The Badgers have developed quite the pipeline of recruiting cornerbacks from South Florida in recent years. Successes include former UW cornerbacks Sojourn Shelton and Derrick Tindal along with current players Dontye Carriere-Williams and Faion Hicks.

Williams joins quarterback Graham Mertz, offensive linemen Logan Brown and Joe Tippmann, athletes Leo Chenal and Marcus Graham, running back Julius Davis, tight end Hayden Rucci and defensive tackle Keeanu Benton in the Badgers' 2019 recruiting class.


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