IE Breakdown: Ishaq Williams

Irish fans are thrilled about the newest addition to the Notre Dame recruiting class as 5-star defensive end Ishaq Williams is headed to South Bend to enroll for the Spring semester. After watching Williams during the All-American game and on film, we issue an overall breakdown of his skill set, as well a star ranking for each category.


HT – WT – Speed: List at 6-foot-5, 225-pounds, Williams will add some weight during his college career. Williams has the type of frame college strength coaches love to work with and while list Williams with 4.76 in the forty, his burst and first step are great. Williams is above average in all three areas.
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Quickness – Agility – Balance: Williams is above the average college prospect in all three areas as he shows great athleticism and control of his body. While listed as a defensive end, Williams can also play outside linebacker in the 3-4 defenses the Irish run. IE Breakdown Ranking

Strength – Explosion: Williams is not a brute strength guy, however, he does have the ability to recoil from his upper and lower body. With him being in the Irish strength program early, Williams will add more strength and become a force early in his career. IE Breakdown Ranking

Body Flexibility: Williams has above average flexibility with the ability to bend and adjust his body. This is important, as he will be asked to move from defensive end to outside linebacker at Notre Dame. IE Breakdown Ranking


While we have seen Williams as a defensive end, his college future at Notre Dame looks to be as an outside linebacker that will be asked to get after the quarterback.

The number one priority for Williams at Notre Dame is to cause havoc on offenses as he rush the quarterback. Look for Williams to be a defensive leader in the coming years as Bob Diaco will place him in a position to make plays.

One thing Williams shows is the ability to separate and release from a block to make a play. His ability to get out of traffic and step over the garbage, allows him the ability to get to the sideline in pursuit and be a factor on a play.

While Williams will have to work on coverage, he shows the ability to turn his hips and has the foot quickness to get both depth and width.

Williams is a playmaker and within the Irish defensive scheme, should be able to use his speed and ability to avoid, placing himself in position to make tackles. Williams plays with great tenacity and has not problem fighting using his hands to defeat offensive linemen to get to the quarterback.

With Williams headed to Notre Dame early, he will have a chance to learn the defense during the spring and should be fully ready to battle for reps come camp.
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