Lyght’s on 4-star safety
Notre Dame defensive backs coach Todd Lyght hit the ground running.
Lyght, a recent addition to the Irish staff, has already identified one of his top targets in the Class of 2016. On Monday he extended an offer to JoeJuan Williams, a four-star prospect from Father Ryan High School in Nashville, Tenn.
“Coach (Mike) Elston told me to call him and when I called him he put me on the phone with the new DB’s coach and then they told me that I had an offer,” said Williams, a 6-foot-2, 195-pounder. “He said he saw my film today and said I could play anywhere. He said as soon as my film was done he wanted to offer me right now. It was great. It was great. It was a great day.”
Williams was excited to speak to Lyght, a two-time consensus Irish All-American and first round pick.
He’s even more excited to potentially meet Lyght in the near future.
“He’s got a great resume,” Williams said. “I really like him and I really liked what I heard. I really want to go up there and meet him. He has a very awesome resume. I was so impressed.”
Lyght talked up the positives of Notre Dame and the program’s need for early contributors.
“He said they wanted to take two corners and two safeties or three safeties and two corners this year and he said I could fit in anywhere,” Williams said. “He said I could play corner, safety or star and he said if you work hard you could get a lot of playing time freshman year because they’re low in depth in their DBs. That’s great.”
Williams was invited to Notre Dame’s junior day on March 21 but he already made plans to participate in a Nike Camp that day. He’s now looking at a potential summer visit to South Bend.
With 32 offers to his credit, Williams knows he’ll have a busy off-season visiting schools and doing his research on the ones he can’t see in person.
For now, he’s taking the process in stride and looking forward to his future in college.
“It’s a blessing,” he said. “I remember me thinking how I’m going to get to college, so it’s a blessing.”
Williams will visit Auburn on March 7.