ND finds rare gem Berrien Springs' Williams

Our 15th of 22 (and counting?) "Eye in the Sky" film reviews for Notre Dame's incoming pledges examines three-star prospect Jhonathan Williams and how the hybrid OLB/DE athlete could improve head coach Brian Kelly's Irish roster over the next four -- or five seasons.

Below is a film review of three-star prospect Jhonathan Williams, Scout.com's 51st-ranked defensive end in the 2014 class.

Strengths and areas for development

Williams' basketball past is obvious in his movements and blend of power, coordination at 6'6"…Exceptionally quick off the ball and out of his stance…Explodes into contact with the quarterback or ball carrier…Has top tier straight line speed for a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker prospect…Ability to stay low as a relative football neophyte indicates good initial coaching (and willingness to be coached)…Quick feet, vertical leap, and hand/eye coordination could make him a force at scrimmage batting opponent's passes…

Shows competitive mean streak; enjoys contact and delivering punishment…Gives great effort, a trait that will be tested when he's blocked more successfully at the college level…Uses hands well for a player new to the game…Will be dynamite finishing pass rush efforts in the pocket, but ample tutoring is necessary for Williams to break free from talented offensive tackles at the next level…No film evidence he can set the edge vs. a power rushing attack -- another first-season change for an athlete that was allowed to create and dominate at the prep level…

Was rarely blocked, but that's also a commentary on his opponents -- Williams didn't as much shed blocks as simply overwhelm them. That won't happen beginning in August. (Williams did engage and shed locks on power running plays at the 3:27 and 4:20 mark of the film linked below).

Covers short space in a hurry and can hawk a runner from behind, both across scrimmage and downfield…Overall tackling technique will need improvement but that shouldn't be an issue with one season of collegiate coaching and practice time…At times resembles former Irish pledge Aaron Lynch as a prep star on film with the caveat that Williams played in Berrien Springs, Michigan, not Fort Lauderdale against Lynch's outstanding competition…

A tremendous athlete that possesses one of the most explosive first and second steps among current Irish players….Like incoming classmate and fellow three-star Jonathan Bonner, Williams is headed for Paul Longo's strength and conditioning program -- the potential end result is exciting for Irish fans…

Road blocks to playing time

I think Williams is a bit more raw than the aforementioned Bonner, but the former's upside is off-the-charts. Notre Dame has outside linebacker veterans Ishaq Williams, Romeo Okwara, Jaylon Smith, and Ben Councell at its disposal. The Irish defense gains additional edge talent in Williams, Bonner, and (yet-to-be-reviewed) Kolin Hill in this recruiting cycle, not to mention DE/OLB prospect Grant Blankenship.

It will be dog-eat-dog in August camp, but Williams' athleticism gives him a chance to compete early. He could evolve into a dominant pass-rusher by the end of 2015, and especially the beginning of '16.

Reminiscent of… Current Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun...

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