Williams gets all questions answered

Notre Dame boosted its position immensley to land its top running back target four-star Dexter Williams of Winter Garden (Fla.) West Orange following his official visit last weekend.

The Irish hosted their top running back target on an official visit last weekend when four-star back Dexter Williams made the trip to Notre Dame from Winter Garden, Florida.

“I learned a lot of new things about Notre Dame and just how prestigious the school is,” Williams said. “Not everybody can get in to Notre Dame; you have to be a special person and a hardworking person to get in there.”

Williams said South Bend’s snow caught him by surprise, but he welcomed the change in climate for the weekend.

“I saw a whole lot of things that you don’t see in Florida,” Williams said. “For one thing, the snow. That really freaked me out. I’ve never seen snow in my life, the first time getting to see it, that was a good feeling.”

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound running back said the message he received from the coaching staff made it transparent he's wanted at Notre Dame.

"They were basically telling me how Notre Dame would be a great fit for me,” Williams said. “They were telling me how badly they want me and how they would use me. Because I’m very versatile, they would use me at slot and running back. Also, they were saying to try to see something different than Florida, to try to put myself in a situation where I’m uncomfortable instead of just being around something I’m used to.”

“I got all my questions answered and I saw everything I wanted to see.”

Williams was hosted by Irish running back Greg Bryant.

“He was just telling me if I was to come, if I do what I need to do, I’ll be fine,” Williams said. “He was telling me there’s only two running backs and they need help, so he was trying to get me to come there. He’s a real cool dude, real laid back.”

Coaching staff, national exposure, and the opportunity to contribute early could be tipping points should Williams choose to sign with the Irish.

“Notre Dame stands pretty high with me really because of the coaches,” Williams said. “They showed a lot of love and didn’t back off just because I was committed to somewhere else. Another reason is just being on TV every week, that’s a big thing. If I was to leave Florida and my parents couldn’t make it to the games, they could watch me on NBC. That’s another big factor.”

“Knowing that I can go in and start getting playing time, that’s a big factor, too,” Williams added. “The depth chart plays a lot in my recruitment. They want to have a three-back rotation and I could be their third back.”

The West Orange standout has tentative plans to visit Texas A&M this upcoming weekend. Other programs in contention to land him include Louisville and Miami.

“Really it’s the three - Miami, Notre Dame, and Louisville,” Williams said.

Williams will welcome Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly and running backs coach Tony Alford for an in-home visit on Wednesday. Staff members from Louisville will be in to see him on Thursday.

Williams is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 17 running back in the class of 2015.

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