Four-star TE hopeful for Irish offer

Four-star tight end Garrett Williams of Orlando (Fla.) The First Academy claims over 20 offers, but not Notre Dame. Are the Irish still on his radar?

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Not only were the top seniors around the nation dawning Under Armour All-America gear a week and a half ago, but as were many of the top juniors, including Garrett Williams of Orlando (Fla.) The First Academy.

Williams, a four-star tight end, already claims over 20 offers, including offers from the likes of Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Clemson, Michigan State, and Ohio State. Williams camped at Notre Dame this summer, and was hopeful an offer might be extended, but the Irish staff told him to be patient.

"Yeah, that was kind of a disappointment," Williams said. "I wanted that offer. And, I worked out at camp at defense. I think if I had worked out at tight end, I would have gotten the offer."

However, Williams says he remains in touch with the Notre Dame staff.

"I'm definitely still interested in Notre Dame," Williams said. "It's a great school, wonderful tradition, and great football program. The (Notre Dame) coaches told me to keep working, and that's what I'm doing."

Williams, a Florida State legacy, does have a few standouts early in the process, and those schools include Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina, Ole Miss and Tennessee.

"I want to make my decision before my senior year," Williams said. "I don't want to be worried about recruiting my last year of high school."

At the Under Armour Combine on Jan. 2, he 6-foot-3 1/2, 225-pound athlete ran a laser-timed 5.15 40-yard dash and measured 27 1/2 inches in the vertical leap. He bench pressed 185 pounds 18 times.

Notre Dame recently learned of the departure of its leading tight end, rising senior Troy Niklas, to the NFL. Notre Dame will return three tight ends in 2014, Scout.com's No. 1 ranked tight end in the 2011 recruiting class, Ben Koyack, along with redshirt sophomores Durham Smythe and Mike Heuerman. The Irish have pledges from two tight ends in the 2014 recruiting class, Nic Weishar and Tyler Luatua, and the Irish remain in the hunt for Dalton Schultz.

To read more about the impact Niklas's unexpected departure will have on Notre Dame, click here.

Notre Dame has offered three tight ends in the class of 2015, Alize Jones, a UCLA commit, Jordan Davis, a Texas A&M commit, and Devonaire Clarington, who is undeclared.

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