Sophomore Jhonny Williams Transferring From Notre Dame


Jhonny Williams Transferring From Notre Dame

Notre Dame Football Head Coach Brian Kelly praised Sophomore Defensive End Jhonny Williams as one of the best edge rushers on the 2014 team. The Defensive End from Benton Harbor, Michigan never saw the field in 2014 and did not appear to be ready to make an impact in 2015. 

On Thursday, news surfaced that Jhonny Williams would transfer from Notre Dame. Williams posted about the transfer on Facebook: “Friends, family, loved ones, I will be transferring from the university of Notre Dame to pursue a football/academic career elsewhere, thank you for your support.”

As a recruit, Jhonny Williams ranked as the 984th prospect and 46th Strongside Defensive End in the 247Sports Composite. Williams held offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Michigan, Missouri, San Diego State, Toledo and Washington.

Jhonny Williams told the South Bend Tribune that he does not have a transfer destination.

Notre Dame’s scholarship situation becomes even more clear with the transfer of Defensive End Jhonny Williams. However, the players who will make up the roster are not clear.

5th-year Senior Tight End Chase Hounshell and Senior Defensive End Ishaq Williams remain on the bubble for the 2015 season.

Brian Kelly clarified Williams’ situation recently. Kelly said during the Kelly Cares Foundation Football 101:

“I want to be clear. He’s back in school. We’re really excited about that part of it. I know he’s back in school because he told me. He’s in workouts because I’ve seen him. Those two things I know for sure. All the other stuff is NCAA eligibility stuff that is a lot more complicated. And it has to do with missed terms and hours and appeals and things like that — a lot more complicated. But we’re going to go through that process. He knows there’s a hill to climb there. I’m not here to paint any pictures, whether it’s this chance or that chance. All I know is he’s going to be back in school, and he’s going to get his degree from Notre Dame. If he plays football, we’ll be ecstatic for him. But the bottom line is he’s going to get his degree from Notre Dame.”