Three-star defensive end Jordan Williams recently released a Top 10 and now all the 6-foot-5, 250-pounder from Frank W. Cox High School in Virginia Beach, Va., has to do is pick one of his 10 favorites before Sept. 24.
Williams chose that date to allow himself enough time to choose one of his favorites but also gave himself some leeway should he need to evaluate more schools.
“That's the middle of the season so it will give me plenty of time to take all my officials if I wanted to and enjoy the season. After I commit I can finish out the rest of the year and focus on school work,” Williams said. “It's the middle of the season so it gives me enough time. That's the fifth game of the season. If I wanted to I could take five official visits back-to-back or I could take three to the schools I'm considering and the school I know I'm going to I can take after that date. There are a lot of options with that date.”
Notre Dame made the first cut for Williams, who also is considering Florida, Georgia, Penn State, Tennessee, USC, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
Williams said academics will play a big role in his decision.
That’s where Notre Dame could have an advantage.
“For me, I'm big on academics,” Williams said. “That's first and I'm big on relationships too. The relationships I have with coaches are definitely important to me because they can tell you this and that or offer me and never speak to me again. It's about the coaches that are going to stick with me through it and how they talk to me. Some schools just message me on Twitter and ask how school is going. That definitely sticks with me.”
Notre Dame assistant coach Scott Booker has remained in close contact with Williams and that’s another positive for the Irish.
“Coach Booker is doing a great job,” Williams said. “He's always talking to me and sending me academic stuff, which I'm huge on, so he's definitely doing a great part in that. I talked to coach Booker to catch up on things and talk about the Irish Invasion camp and stuff like that. We haven't decided yet but I definitely want to make it down for that.”
Williams has already visited Virginia, Tennessee, Clemson, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech, among others, and hopes to get back down to Clemson and Wake Forest. He wants to see Georgia and Notre Dame in the near future.
The Irish are recruiting Williams as a defensive end but could also move him inside if necessary.
“They're definitely talking about defensive end,” Williams said. “They like how versatile I am but they're talking mainly defensive end. If they had to they could put me at defensive tackle, which I wouldn't mind, but they definitely love how versatile I am and they see me as a defensive end right now.”