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From one Lincoln Southeast Knight to another.

On Saturday afternoon — following Central Florida's AAC Championship Game win against Memphis — LSE senior Bryson Williams received a call. On the other end of the line was Barrett Ruud, a former Southeast Knight and, at the moment, UCF's quality-control administrator.

Ruud, who is expected to coach linebackers at NU, wanted to stop by Williams' house Sunday night, and the state's most-popular person at the moment — Scott Frost — was going to tag along.

"We just talked for two hours," Williams said, "and they offered me."

Williams, who is committed to Wisconsin, is the first known in-state recruit to receive a scholarship offer from Frost. But this isn't the first time Frost's staff has connected with Williams. UCF was one of the first schools to offer a scholarship to the 6-foot-2, 295-pound defensive lineman.

Where does Williams go from here?

"A lot to think about," he said. "I'm still committed to Wisconsin."

Whether Williams heads to Madison or to Stadium Drive, receiving an offer from Frost is something he'll never forget. "I'm pretty excited," he said.

Frost's sales pitch sounded very Frost-like.

"The main thing that they're really trying to develop is they want hard-working guys who want to play there," Williams said. "The in-state kids are really the kids that want to play there, kids like me that are just down with playing any (position), sacrificing anything, and really just play and play hard all the time."

Williams, who won the Class A shot put title last spring, had another big football season for the Knights. He was second on the team in tackles with 77, including three sacks, despite attracting countless double teams. He's listed by Rivals.com as the state's third-best recruit.

He did not receive an offer from the previous Nebraska coach staff, but he liked what he heard from Frost during the coach's introductory news conference Sunday.

"There’s too many kids from this state right now playing at other schools, and we are going to do everything we can to make sure that those kids are here," Frost said.

Said Williams, "He did a great job with the questions. You know, just because of the lack of in-state recruiting that there's been with previous administrations, I think he'll do a really good job on it."

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