Incoming Irish: Jhonathon Williams

Pass-rusher Jhonathon Williams of Berrien Springs (Mich.) High talks about his offseason this year, which included successful seasons in track and basketball, and he previews his next chapter at Notre Dame.

Though he's not an in-state product, defensive end Jhonathon Williams had the shortest travel time to arrive at Notre Dame for move-on day last Saturday.

The Berrien Springs (Mich.) High athlete lives just 30 minutes away.

Williams, relatively new to football, is a three-sport athlete. He competed in the shotput, discus, high jump and the 4x100 relay, the latter of which earned him a state championship this year.

"We just won the state title in track," Williams said. "It felt really good to give that win to our coach who has been helping us for a really long time."

"I'm just ready to get to work," Williams said. "The offseason went really well. Our basketball team did very well too, we finished one over even in a really tough league. I think I averaged 15 points per game playing shooting guard and small forward."

Williams, entering Notre Dame at 6-foot-6, 235-pounds has the frame to add weight, though that wasn't his focus this offseason.

"The conditioning part of the packet has been the hardest part," Williams said. "Actually, the whole thing is tough. But, the conditioning is what I really focused on."

Williams, who flipped to Notre Dame from Missouri during his recruitment, said the Wolverines edged out the 'Noles for who he's most looking forward to playing against this year.

"I would say Michigan and then Florida State," Williams said. "Michigan, it's the last time we'll play for a while and it's at home at night. And, Florida State won the national championship last year, so that's pretty cool."

As Williams develops in a college system under the guidance of Brian VanGorder, Mike Elston and Paul Longo, early playing time is a possibility.

"I feel like I'm 100 percent ready for the transition to college," Williams said. "I've been prepared well, and I'm ready to learn and compete." Top Stories