Thomas-Williams has Irish in his top 5

Running back Donte Thomas-Williams, the standout back at Durham (N.C.) Hillside, breaks down his top five, talks future visits, and explains why he likes Notre Dame, even though he's just now learning about the Irish.

Running back Donte Thomas-Williams of Durham (N.C.) Hillside has solidified his top five schools as he heads into the spring and summer.

"My top right now is Clemson, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Ohio State, but I don't have an order," Thomas-Williams said.

Though Thomas-Williams and teammate Trevion Thompson said they were offered by the Irish last spring, the duo said they didn't know about it until two months ago.

"(Hillside) Coach [King] told us it came last spring, and I'm like, ‘Where is this coming from?' Thomas-Williams said. "I really like their style of offense, coaching staff, and graduation rate. I'm really big on academics. Their coach came to talk to us last fall, and he explained how great their graduation rate was for their football team."

Thomas-Williams has visited Alabama, Clemson, Duke, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and North Carolina State so far. He'll head to West Virginia on April 5, Ohio State on April 6, Florida later in the spring, and Notre Dame with his teammates this summer for a 7-on-7 camp.

When he visits the Irish, Thomas-Williams will be contemplating if a return trip for an official visit is a possibility.

"When I visit them this summer, I want a better relationship with the coaches," Thomas-Williams said. "As of right now, I haven't really been in contact with any of the coaches because my phone has been messing up. But, we talk on Facebook. I like what they did this year on offense. If I like them, then I might give them an official visit in the fall."

"I want to take as much time as I can," Thomas-Williams said. "I will probably take all five of my official visits. It (top five) can change, you never know until the end of the summer."

Thomas-Williams says his speed is deceptive, and that facet of his game is often overlooked.

"I'm speedy," the 6-foot-1, 215-pound running back said. "People look at me as big back -- he's going to run me over. They underestimate my speed. If I see a hole, I can explode into it. I see myself as an every down back. I just have to work on my stamina and I'll be good. I want to improve on my juk moves because I'm not really a juk back."

The running back breaks down why he likes he each school in his top five:

Clemson – "I feel like I'm at home, and they have a great coaching staff. (Offensive line) Coach Caldwell is a really cool dude."

Georgia – "They are a big offensive-run team. It's pretty cool for two freshmen like Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall to come in and make that big of an impact on college football."

Georgia Tech- "They tell me I'll be the B-back [in their triple option], and I'll have 20 plus carries and no less than 100 yards a game."

Ohio State – "Coach [Urban] Meyer is a great coach. He's doing big things up there."

Tomorrow, Thomas-Williams will attend a NFTC event in Charlotte.

"My big goal is to get to the Opening, and I want to see my competition out there," Thomas-Williams said.

Thomas-Williams is a four-star prospect, and as a junior, he rushed for 750 yards and six touchdowns. Top Stories