Williams meets VanGorder

Notre Dame four-star linebacker commit Jhonathon Williams of Berrien Springs (Mich.) High talks about his first impressions of recently hired Irish defensive coordinator, Brian VanGorder.

Notre Dame flipped former Missouri commit Jhonathon Williams to the Irish in November. Williams, of Berrien Springs (Mich.) High never wavered on his commitment to Notre Dame after the departure of former Irish defensive coordinator Bob Diaco to the Big East. Last week, the 245-pound athlete welcomed new defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder into his home.

"I really didn't know very much at all about him before I met him," Williams said. "He talked about his background, and his record and experience is amazing. I'm excited that a guy like that is going to be my coach."

VanGorder, similar to Diaco, has plans for Williams to play outside linebacker at Notre Dame.

"I weigh 245-pounds right now, and Coach VanGorder said he likes me for outside linebacker," Williams said. "I guess I'm still pretty raw right now, so I'm going to work a lot on my shape and technique this spring before I get to Notre Dame. I'm not going to add a lot of weight, because Coach doesn't want me losing any of my speed. I run a 4.5 forty right now."

"We didn't really get into specifics about defensive scheme," Williams added. "You know, as far as 3-4 or 4-3. I guess that will come later."

Williams tweeted that VanGorder's mustache stuck out during the visit, but that wasn't the only takeaway.

"He is going to bring a lot of intensity," Williams said. "When it's time to work, it's time to work, and I respect that a lot."

Williams is a four-star prospect and will report to Notre Dame in mid-June.


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