A day after addressing the need for a quarterback in his inherited recruiting class with junior college transfer Tanner McEvoy, new Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen reeled in another commitment from a JUCO player to address needs in the secondary.Needing to replace three starting defensive backs from last season’s team with just safety Dezmen Southward returning, Andersen took the first step toward replenishing the depleted positional group by securing a verbal commitment from safety and JUCO All-American Donnell Vercher of Fresno (Calif.) City College.Vercher, a three-star recruit according to ESPN.com, will be the first player from Fresno City College to play at a Big Ten school since wide receiver Arsenio Curry signed with Purdue in 2008.The 6-foot-2 and 195-pound safety had 23 tackles and eight interceptions this past season for the Rams, helping to lead the team to a 8-3 record in 2012 and a tie for first place atop the Northern California Valley conference. In 2011 Vercher recorded three interceptions and 29 tackles.Andersen and his defensive coordinator Dave Aranda recruited Vercher during their time at Utah State. Vercher chose Wisconsin over Fresno State, where he was once a soft verbal-commit, and Syracuse.The commitment adds security to a Badgers recruiting class that is severely lacking at safety. Vercher remains the lone safety commit in the 2013 recruiting class. Wisconsin adds more depth to their secondary with two cornerback recruits in Keelon Brooking, a three-star recruit and the No. 76 cornerback in the nation and Sojourn Shelton, a four-star recruit and the No. 27 cornerback in the nation.Both Brooking and Shelton have already enrolled at Wisconsin for the spring semester.Andersen and the Badgers also continue to target Marcus Ball, the brother of Wisconsin’s offensive lineman Ray Ball and the No. 67 athlete in the nation, according to ESPN.com. Ball was initially a solid verbal-commit to the Badgers but wavered after the departure of former head coach Bret Bielema. A starting quarterback and safety for Westerville South High School in Ohio, Ball will decide between Wisconsin and Arizona State on Signing Day.
Christeen WilliamsChristeen F. Williams, of Wellington, died Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington at the age of 83.Christeen was born the daughter of Elmer and Genevia (Lee) Taylor on Thursday, October 06, 1932 in a log cabin near Wilson, Oklahoma.On November 19, 1950, Dean and Christeen Fay Taylor were united in marriage in Hobart, Oklahoma. Together they celebrated over 59 years of marriage before his passing in 2010.Survivors include her son, Bobby Williams and his wife Merry; son, Billy Williams, grandchildren: Timothy Williams and his wife Crystal, Samantha Koehler and her husband Chad, Jenifer Rains and her husband Eugene White and Rita Howell all of Wellington, great-grandchildren: Emileigh Speagle, Hannah Speagle, Olivia Speagle, Steven Williams, Charlie Williams, Jessica Rains, Drake Rains, Timothy White, Matthew Howell, Reanna Howell and Brian Mitchell, great-great-grandchildren: Jeanae Louise Long, Jayden West and Jordan West; brother, George Taylor of Long Grove, Oklahoma and sister, Vivian Ashley of Kellyville, Oklahoma.Â She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; daughter, Patricia White; brothers, Bryce and Delmar Taylor and daughter-in-law, Barbara Williams.Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, May 23, 2016 with the family present from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Funeral services for Christeen will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 24, 2016 in the chapel of Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.Interment will follow at the Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Wellington.A memorial fund has been established in her loving memory to the Wellington Humane Society. Contributions may be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.cornejodayfuneralhome.com.Arrangements are by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.