Williams eyes early playing time

Notre Dame safety commitment Mykelti Williams recaps his Notre Dame official visit, including the conversations he had with the Notre Dame staff and the time spent with uncommitted Irish targets on campus.

Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central safety Mykelti Williams received his first true Notre Dame experience as an Irish commitment this weekend when he visited campus on an official visit.

“It was great,” Williams said. “Being here is such a unique experience that a lot of people don’t get to experience, and I’m one of the lucky ones. It reassured everything that I already knew. It’s such a unique experience, it’s hard to put into words.”

In face-to-face meetings with head coach Brian Kelly and the Irish defensive staff, Williams learned that a redshirt year at Notre Dame is more than likely not something his future holds.

“I mostly talked with Coach (Brian) VanGorder, Coach (Bob) Elliott and Coach Kelly,” Williams said. “They basically told me I have to be ready to play right off the bat at free safety.  Their numbers at my position are low. That’s something I’m really looking forward to doing, just coming in and competing. It’s a great opportunity.”

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound safety spent quality time with the multiple uncommitted Irish targets on campus this weekend as well as current Notre Dame players.

“I spent a lot of time with Nate (Nathan Meadors), Dexter (Williams), and KeShawn (Vaughn),” Williams said. “I also got to hang out a lot with Greg Bryant, Sheldon Day and Jay Hayes. Jay is hilarious. He’s a character. He’s someone I’ll be close with right away at Notre Dame.”

Williams said Meadors (Irish safety target) in particular seemed to enjoy his time at Notre Dame.

“I think Nate really loved it,” Williams said. “He could pull the trigger, but I’m not sure.”

On Friday, Williams and his parents met with academic advisors.

“Everything is good with (academics),” Williams said. “I’m planning on majoring in business marketing, and Notre Dame has the No. 1 business school in the nation.”

Williams also gave his experience on Saturday at Notre Dame’s home basketball game a positive review.

“That was great,” Williams said. “I was able to meet a lot of the alumni and see everyone’s passion for Notre Dame.”  

Williams says he is undergoing a “very intense” offseason training program that will carry him through graduation in May.

“I’m a solid 200 pounds right now,” Williams said. “That’s good, I think that’s where I need to be so I can compete hard right away.”

Williams will also compete for Warren Central this winter in indoor track. He’ll compete in the 200-meter race and 4 x 100 relay. The 100-meter race is also a possibility.

Williams is a three-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 42 safety in the 2015 class by Scout.


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