Ex-Wisconsin RB commit ended up at Ohio State because of one tweet
Who says Twitter can’t change the course of someone’s future?
It did for Antonio Williams, who was committed to Wisconsin as a four-star tailback in the 2016 class. That is, until Williams fired off one too many negative tweets.
According to a story from 247sports, Williams tweeted “We will not be elite until Stave leaves,” during Wisconsin’s 2015 B1G opener against Iowa. The Badgers lost that game, and apparently they lost interest in Williams.
The four-star tailback was actually on his official visit in Madison when he took a shot at the Badgers’ starting quarterback. Even though the tweet was only posted for a few minutes before being taken down, it resulted in the end of his recruitment at Wisconsin.
“We didn’t chase him,” Wisconsin running back John Settle said to 247sports. “After he made some comments about one of our family members, I think it was a forgone conclusion that he was welcome to go look at other places.
“The players didn’t want him here.”
Wisconsin running back Corey Clement was one of those players. While sidelined after sports hernia surgery, Clement reportedly confronted Williams about the issue.
“There’s a reason he’s not here,” Settle said. “We talk about smart, tough dependable. If a guy doesn’t fit that criteria, he wouldn’t do well in this environment.”
As it turned out, Ohio State ramped up its recruitment of Williams with Kareem Walker on the verge of opening up his recruitment. Williams ended up at Ohio State, Walker ended up at Michigan and Wisconsin ended up without an elite 2016 tailback.
On Saturday, Williams will return to the place that he de-committed from. Wisconsin is elite without Stave, but that’s thanks to a top-flight defense.
And it just might have a little extra motivation to quiet the freshman tailback if he gets into the game.