The excitement of Friday morning with the verbal pledge of Brooklyn (New York) Abraham Lincoln High School defensive end has Notre Dame fans pumped up as recruiting for the Class of 2011 enters the home stretch.
While it is always exciting to see a top-notch player pledge to your school, sometimes the importance of the pledge itself is missed. This is the case with Williams, as the Irish fought off Penn State and Syracuse to win a heated battle proving Brian Kelly and his staff has what it takes to close strong.
Why should Notre Dame fans be so excited? Here is Irish Eyes take on Ishaq Williams.
What To Like
The long, rangy body style Bob Longo loves to work with gives the Irish strength coach a player he will develop into a top line explosive player at the college level. While Williams has the early skill set to be an early contributor during his career, added weight and strength will take his game to an even higher level.
However, when you look at Williams and what he brings to the field, it is not one skill that makes him a top prospect, but several as he combines size, speed, desire, and a nasty streak that pushes him to another level.
What May Concern You
Williams will need to add some strength to his 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame, but that will be fixed in the Irish strength and conditioning program when he arrives on campus.
Not only was this a major recruiting victory from Brian Kelly and his staff, it gives the Irish the type of player needed in their 3-4 defensive scheme to continue building upon the defensive success shown during the later part of the 2010 season.
Williams has the tools to be a force at the college level and expectations should be extremely high.