Four-star junior running back Alaric Williams didn’t know exactly what to expect when embarking on the long drive to Notre Dame last week.
Williams committed to Auburn in July and while continuing to take some visits, he’d never before seen a college campus outside the South. Notre Dame managed to get the Gadsden, Ala., native to South Bend for the Navy game.
“It’s different,” Williams said. “The South does it good but Notre Dame does it real good too. I’m not gonna say which one is better than the other. They’re all different. They’re all good in their own way.”
Williams took a long look around campus, which included a full tour of both academic and athletic facilities.
Before the game got started Williams met with the coach Brian Kelly, which netted a scholarship offer. Other offers on the table include Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and Ole Miss.
Kelly communicated the news in a way the 6-foot, 205-pound prospect had yet to experience.
“I thought it was cool how he did it,” Williams said. “He took me into the office before the game or whatever and told me what he liked about me. He pulled out a little thing, like a letter, and told me that I had the offer. It was a lot about what they liked about me and stuff like that. It was a different way to offer but it was cool.”
After the meeting, Williams joined the team and other prospects in town on their walk toward Notre Dame Stadium. Fans lined the way, culminating the pre-game festivities.
“One of the things that stood out to me was the Golden Dome and Touchdown Jesus,” Williams said. “Stuff like that. The fans, they were cool when we walked outside the athletic facility. They were lined up as we walked to the stadium. I thought that was cool, the Irish walk. A bunch of things stood out.”
Kelly told Williams to keep an eye on running back C.J. Prosise during the game. Prosise went on to run for 129 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries.
“He’s got pretty good vision and runs hard,” Williams said. “His vision stood out to me the most.”
It was all enough to get Williams thinking he’ll “definitely” return for a visit sometime down the road.
Next he plans to see Florida, although nothing has been set in stone yet.
Auburn continues to recruit Williams as if he’s not committed.
“It’s every day,” he said. “It’s an every day thing. They keep in touch every day.”