Garrett Williams has seen his recruitment kick up a notch in the last week or so with offers from Ohio State and Michigan State while Notre Dame was able to make an impact by sending Irish assistant Tony Alford down to First Academy in Orlando to check on the 2015 athlete.
“They said that they’re interested in Garrett and they said that they really like him, but they haven’t given him an offer yet,” First Academy head coach Leroy Kinard said.
“He was extremely excited about Notre Dame. He talked about Notre Dame for three days after. Normally when schools come through, he’ll mention them or whatever, but he literally talked about Notre Dame for three days.”
Stanford is another program that has made a pretty strong impression.
“He is looking for a good academic institution,” Kinard said. “I would put Notre Dame right in that same ballpark.”
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Williams currently holds offers from the Buckeyes and Spartans along with programs like Florida State, Clemson, Tennessee, Virginia, Duke and Kentucky among others.
“He’s a good player, he’s a great kid,” Kinard said. “If I were to categorize him, he’d be a Stanford, Duke, Notre Dame, Virginia type kid. He’s a great kid. He comes from a great family. He’s a big athlete - 6-4, 220 as a sophomore. He runs a 4.6 40. He’s just a good solid player.”
Williams is definitely a versatile prospect who would be categorized as ‘Big Skill’ by the Irish.
“He’s one of the few kids who can probably play three positions,” said Kinard. “He’s that tight end/h-back that you’re looking for. The University of Virginia is recruiting him as that 3-4 strongside linebacker, that Buck linebacker. If he gets too big and grows into a defensive end, now you’ve got a defensive end.
“He’s a hybrid kid. He’s athletic enough to play any of those positions.”
Williams’ father, Dayne, played fullback at Florida State in the late 1980s.
“He has a good pedigree,” Kinard said. “He’s just a very, very good player.”
He’s already made a couple visits.
“He’s gone to Florida State and he’s gone to Clemson, so he’s already done those two and he liked both of them,” his coach said.
He’s planning a bunch of stops this summer and will be in South Bend for the Irish’s camp in June. According to his coach, Williams was as excited about Notre Dame showing interest as he’s been about any school since his earliest offers.
“He said that Notre Dame is a great program,” Kinard said. “He talked about the history of Notre Dame and how if you’re getting recruited by Notre Dame, you are a legitimate recruit. There’s no guessing, there’s no trying to figure out what type of player you are.
“If Notre Dame recruits you, you’re a very good player and he knows that. I think that’s what he was excited about.”