Touted WR prospect makes surprise Notre Dame football visit

  • DJ Williams was offered by Notre Dame football on Pot of Gold Day.
  • He announced on Monday morning he made a surprise visit to South Bend.
Notre Dame football player celebrates in the Sun Bowl
Notre Dame football player celebrates in the Sun Bowl / Sam Wasson/GettyImages

Anyone who still thinks the Notre Dame football program’s Pot of Gold Day push didn’t do a world of good, better head on over to campus this morning. They’ll be joined by one of the best “athlete” prospects in the 2026 class.

On Monday morning, 4-star recruit DJ Williams took to social media to announce a surprise visit to South Bend. He’s in town right now and taking in what the Fighting Irish have to offer.

Williams is the latest Pot of Gold Day prospect to show some real interest in Notre Dame football to an extreme level. The idea around sending out so many offers on St. Patrick’s Day is to make prospects feel as though they are special if they get on during this event.

It’s hard to argue that the Carrollwood Day receiver and safety didn’t buy into that. He was one of six safeties to get an offer out of 85 total offers that went out for the 2026 class. He stands out in a crowd though and it’s clear that’s why the Notre Dame football program is so keen to get him into town as soon as possible.

According to On3 Williams is the No. 269 overall player, No. 42 wide receiver in the natio, and No. 56 prospect in Florida. The question there is whether or not the Irish consider DJ Williams to stand a better chance to line up on offense or defense at the next level.

Notre Dame football gets surprise visit from one of the best “athlete” prospects in his class

The Irish are going to have time to figure that out, considering he won’t be able to sign an NLI for a couple of years yet. How his high school career continues will set things up as well.

The Notre Dame football team will need to make a good impression when DJ Williams is in town because they’ve got some serious power program rivalries in this race. In addition to the Irish,, 16 other schools have offered him a scholarship. He reports ones from Boston College, Florida State, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Texas A&M and UCF.