Notre Dame Football Recruiting
Notre Dame landed its 19th commitment in the 2014 class in 3-star OLB/DE Jhonathon Williams. Williams is from Berrien Springs, Michigan which is about 25 miles up US-31 from Notre Dame Stadium. Williams will not have to go far to play his college football.
Williams decommitted from Missouri and choose the Irish following a weekend visit to South Bend for the BYU-Notre Dame game. He cited family, via Twitter, as the major factor for deciding to play for the Irish as opposed to the Tigers.
Williams is a long raw athlete who has potential to develop into a solid pass rusher at the CAT Linebacker position in the future. Williams had offers from Missouri, Michigan and Washington among other mid-major teams. The various recruiting services have him rated as follows:
- 247Sports: #37 Strongside Defensive End (3-star)
- Rivals: #18 Player in Michigan (3-star)
- Scout: #71 Defensive End (3-star)
- ESPN: #126 Defensive End (3-star)
How many more players will Notre Dame take? Currently, it is a fluid situation. Notre Dame has several players that they can offer 5th-years to: Andrew Hendrix, Kendall Moore, Austin Collinsworth and Christian Lombard. Players could go pro or return to Notre Dame including Louis Nix III and Stephon Tuitt. Notre Dame probably has three scholarships left. Following that Notre Dame, will most likely begin taking away 5th-year offers. Brian Kelly has stressed the need to get and be at 85 scholarships by the end of the fall camp. It will be interesting to see if Notre Dame has 86 or 87 scholarship players when National Signing Day is complete. Being at 85 allows Notre Dame to be deep and develop raw players like their 19th commitment Jhonny Williams.