Mykelti Williams is no longer a part of the Notre Dame football program.
Notre Dame football head coach Brian Kelly addressed the media Wednesday after the morning practice session for spring football. Kelly stated that safety Mykelti Williams (who was missing from practice that morning) was no longer a part of the Notre Dame football program and he would be seeking a transfer elsewhere. Brian Kelly declined to comment any further when asked.
Mykelti Williams will be a sophomore academically next fall, but he had 4 years of eligibility after being redshirted his freshman year. Williams was one of just a handful of players that myself and a few other hacks that thought he would be a big surprise this spring.
As a safety, the opportunity was there- but the number of potential bodies was increasing dramatically. Notre Dame signed a large number of defensive backs and safeties in particular in this last recruiting class, and a few of those guys are already on campus as early enrollees. One of those early freshmen in particular, Devin Studstill has really been pushing hard and even running with the first team for a large part of spring practice thus far.
Although nothing has been stated as of print time, there are some logical places that Williams may end up at such as Indiana, Ball State, Northern Illinois, Toledo, and Cincinnati. Williams is from Indianapolis and played at Warren Central, so usually in cases like his (which is still a little uncertain) the player generally looks to head to a program that is somewhat local or at least in the region.
Notre Dame will most certainly move forward, and this is a normal move in the spring for some redshirt freshman throughout the country as they will have 3 years eligibility remaining at their new destination after sitting out a year. what is a bit concerning is that Notre Dame is once again falling further away from the 85 scholarship mark before fall camp.
This will only add to the reps that a guy like Studstill will get. The Irish aren’t exactly hurting for bodies here, but losing an athletic player of Williams’s caliber still stings. But… this is what spring football is for really. A conversation for the depth chart is created in the spring and developed in the fall. Mykelti Williams is no longer a part of any of that.