Notre Dame football recruiting: A head start on the process
choice from among several schools.
This January, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that West
Catholic High would be shut down and force Williams and his classmates
to consider other schools.
The school would eventually stay open, but Williams, the football
team's star running back, made the decision to transfer anyway.
Williams made the switch to Imhotep Charter two months ago and will
play his senior season there in the fall. Working through the decision
taught Williams lessons that will help guide him through the college
"It actually helped me out a lot," Williams said. "It just put me in
the same element of choosing a college, seeing who is trying to get me
to come there, evaluating different schools and eventually picking the
Now as he prepares for his senior football season, colleges are lining
up for a shot at Williams. He hasn't set a summer schedule for visits,
but plans to make a trip to Notre Dame. Other schools Williams said
he's considering visiting this summer are South Carolina, Tennessee,
Wisconsin, Penn State, and Cal.
The Irish have sent a coach to his school twice this spring, including
a stop Thursday from running backs coach Tony Alford. Williams said
the football tradition puts Notre Dame high on his list.
Williams will try to carry over the success he had at West Catholic to
Imhotep Charter. Last season, Williams rushed for 1,950 yards and 20
The 5-10, 198-pound running back runs with a combination of power and
speed and likes to compare himself to Dallas Cowboy DeMarco Murray.
Williams said his 40-yard dash time is 4.42 seconds.
Both Rivals.com and 247Sports.com rate Williams as a four-star
prospect. Rivals lists Williams as the No. 17 running back in the
country and 247Sports ranks him as the No. 5 all-purpose back in the
When considering his college options, Williams said the biggest
priority is finding a school with the combination of academics and
football that feels comfortable.
Williams has played in a pro-style offense in high school, but said he
can fit into a traditional spread offense. Notre Dame's effectiveness
with Cierre Wood and Jonas Gray last season was impressive to
Since starting football at six years old, Williams' motivation has
come from his love for the game.
He has a number of opportunities ahead of him, but he's focused on
winning a state championship this season.
"I've learned to not have the mindset that you're the best because
there are plenty of people out there better than you," Williams said.
"You have to work and compete no matter what."
A pair of 2014 linebackers from the Chicago area used Twitter to
announce they had received verbal scholarship offers from Notre Dame
on Wednesday: Plainfield South's Clifton Garrett (6-3, 220) and
Crete-Monee's Nyles Morgan (6-2, 215). Morgan is the teammate of 2013
wide receiver target Laquon Treadwell.
-- Virginia Beach running back Taquan Mizzell named a top 10 on
Thursday and Notre Dame made the list. The 5-10, 182-pound running
back will be a senior at Bayside High this fall.
Rivals class rankings
Rivals.com released updated team rankings for the 2013 recruiting
class on Thursday and Notre Dame came in at No. 9 in the country.
Notre Dame's commitments are split with six four-star and six
three-star prospects. Michigan earned the No. 1 ranking and USC was
slated at No. 10.
Staff writer Tyler James: