It only takes a few seconds of Jordan Williams’ junior highlights to realize he has what it takes to play at the next level.
On Friday, Notre Dame became the 19th program to offer the 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive lineman from Frank W. Cox High School in Virginia Beach, Va.
“I talked to coach (Scott) Booker earlier this week. He said he wanted to learn more about me academically because they really liked what they saw on film,” Williams said. “I called him and he let me know that he showed my film to the rest of the defensive staff and they loved it and he said the head coach loved it as well and he offered me a scholarship.”
Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Penn State, Tennessee and USC are among the other 18 schools on the offer list.
“Notre Dame is a big offer for me,” Williams said. “I was getting mail from them but I just never knew when or if they were going to offer me. It’s a program I’m definitely interested in. They have a great academic side to them and I think the team is going to be good for years to come.”
Williams has already seen several of the schools on his offer list and had plans to visit Wake Forest this weekend. He’ll be at Virginia next weekend, Tennessee next month and might make Notre Dame’s next Junior Day, scheduled for March 19.
“We talked about their junior day,” he said. “We’re trying to decide but I would love to make that visit. We’ve been to a bunch of games and the junior days I have been to so far are Clemson and Virginia Tech and we have Wake Forest on Saturday. I have Virginia the week after that and Tennessee on March 5. Those are the guarantees. I don’t know about the ones after that, maybe Notre Dame, Florida and Georgia. We haven’t decided on those. We’re still talking about them.”
Schools are split on where they project Williams to play in college.
Some see him as a defensive tackle while others like him at defensive end or even outside linebacker.
Notre Dame sees him as a versatile prospect who could get after the quarterback.
“They didn’t really specify,” Williams said. “They just said they love how I come off the edge and get to the quarterback. That may be a hint at defensive end.”
Williams isn’t in a hurry to shut down the recruiting process, especially considering the number of recent offers.
Several schools have made a positive early impression but he’s still open to any school that offers.
“It’s kind of hard to say with new offers coming in,” he said when asked if he favors any school. “I’d have to go with the schools I already visited and the schools I know a lot about the program.”
Williams’ father, Ray, played running back at East Carolina.