Early Irish: Ishaq Williams

Outside linebacker prospect is one of five early enrollees to join Irish for spring competition.

Ishaq Williams (OLB – 6'5/225): Joins a position group that featured just four regulars last season, two of whom have graduated…Recruited to initially compete at the DOG role (drop linebacker) with senior Darius Fleming on lockdown as the CAT starter opposite…An early enrollee, Williams should compete with special teams maven but scrimmage mystery Steve Filer for a role in spring ball…His emergence as a quality two-deep competitor would allow Dan Fox to remain inside, a position switch the former enjoyed in a backup role last fall…Will likely compete at both spots over his collegiate career, bringing the versatility defensive coordinator Bob Diaco prefers at the outside linebacker position.

Kelly recruiting profile: Big Skill
Returning outside linebackers: Steve Filer (DOG), Darius Fleming (CAT), Dan Fox (OLB/ILB), Prince Shembo (CAT), Danny Spond (played ILB in 2010), Justin Utupo (CAT)

Baumhower on Williams: He looks like a basketball player, but he's a physical prospect that can get after the quarterback and is agile enough to drop into coverage from his outside linebacker spot.

Berk on Williams: The sky is the limit with Williams and no matter what happens, Irish fans will always remember his recruiting story as it made Bob Diaco everyone's favorite coach. Talent has yet to reach full potential, but he will become a beast in Paul Longo's strength program.

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