Notre Dame hopes to land another defensive back in its recruiting class and on Friday the Irish offered three-star athlete Chris Williamson of Gainesville High School in Georgia, the same school that produced former Irish receiver T.J. Jones.
Williamson played receiver and cornerback at Gainesville but is being recruited by the Irish to play safety.
“I like cornerback but if a program like that is interested in moving me to safety I’m open to anything,” said Williamson, a 6-foot, 185-pounder.
Williamson had previously identified his five favorite schools but after adding the offer from Notre Dame he was forced to make an adjustment.
“It definitely throws a wrench in things,” he said. “That’s definitely a school to consider. That Notre Dame name holds some weight. They’ve got a great history and great academics and that’s something I’m looking for when it comes to looking for a school.”
Cal, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Kentucky and Florida join Notre Dame in Williamson’s Top 6.
He has already taken an official visit to Cal and has one scheduled to North Carolina. He hopes to add a few more – including one to South Bend – by the start of next week.
“What me and my family would like to do this weekend is sit down and finish scheduling out the rest of them,” he said. “We’d like to schedule the rest of the five this weekend.”
Notre Dame’s interest in Williamson is recent.
Irish defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder visited Gainesville High School just before Christmas break and the Irish wasted little time getting out an offer.
As a senior, Williamson recorded 52 catches for 1,061 yards and 15 touchdowns. On defense, he posted 65 tackles with 13 pass breakups and two interceptions.
“I’m versatile first and foremost,” he said. “I can play on either side of the ball. I’m a bigger corner and I’m physical. I’ve got pretty good speed. My back pedal is smooth. I’m quick in short areas. I like to get in and out of my breaks real fast.”
Though he has no experience playing safety, Williamson said he’s willing to give it a try.
“I’d embrace it full on,” he said. “If that can get me on the field early, I’m totally open to it.”