Notre Dame took a giant step toward building a dominant defense with the surprise commitment of outside linebacker Ishaq Williams to join Stephon Tuitt in what is turning into a top 10 and possibly a top 5 recruiting class. Williams was rated as the East team’s third best performer at the Army All-American team and the best pass rusher on a team filled with dominant pass rushers, including Aaron Lynch, Ray Drew and Tuitt. Rivals called him unstoppable in practice and said he will be considered for five-star status.
The second ranked defensive end on Rivals and a five-star recruit on Scout, made a predawn pledge the Irish when Bob Diaco showed up to meet him at his Brooklyn home at 4:30 am. His father, Shaun Williams told Irish Illustrated that the visit put Notre Dame on top, “The whole idea of how confidently coach Diaco talks about Notre Dame winning a national championship in the next few years, he just felt he had to buy in.” His father twittered, “Ishaq is Irish. See you in South Bend”.
Ishaq Williams | OLB
ESPN Grade 82 | Scout ***** | Rivals ***** Top 100
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY | Abraham High School
Height 6’6″ | Weight 240
Scout: A long, rangy defensive end that is athletic enough that he could still make a home at outside linebacker, but as he fills out his frame, he has the potential to be a force off the edge as a pass rushing defensive end. Fast enough to run down backs on a sweep the other direction, and intense enough to de-cleat would be tacklers on a crack back block, Williams has a total package of skills, size, effort, speed, and nasty.
Rivals: Williams proved to be a superior athlete with tremendous speed off the ball. His overall length helped keep offensive linemen off his body and his frame will eventually allow him to grow into a monster. He was productive all week and in the game as a pass rusher and on coverage teams. The combination of size, speed and growth potential was too much to ignore. He has the makings of a difference maker coming off the edge at the next level.
Rivals on Williams 5th Star (1:40 Mark)