Four-star wide receiver Chase Williams Chase Williams landed an offer from Notre Dame last week but the Irish aren’t set on lining him up on the offensive side of the ball just yet.
“They said they're recruiting me as a wide receiver but they saw on film that I played defense so they're kind of interested in that too,” said Williams, a 6-foot-1, 181-pounder from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Corona, Calif. “As far as I know right now it's as an athlete.”
Williams learned of the offer through a phone call with Irish assistant Brian Polian.
“He said he liked my film and was just asking me about my family and stuff like that,” Williams said. “We just kind of talked about the school itself and about him and what he's done as a coach and where he's been just to give me a general idea.”
Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Georgia, Oregon, UCLA, USC and Washington are among the other schools to offer the two-way standout.
Adding Notre Dame to that list was memorable.
“It was very exciting for me,” Williams said. “It was very meaningful. I was very excited and pleased about it.”
Williams, who plans to visit South Bend in the near future, also spoke with Irish wide receivers coach Del Alexander.
“I like him a lot,” he said. “I've heard a lot of good things about him. He told me he was going to be recruiting me really hard. He said he wanted me to get up there and stuff like that.”
As a junior, Williams pulled in 42 passes for 1,007 yards and 19 touchdowns. On defense he recorded 37 tackles, picked off a pass and broke up three others.
“As a wide receiver I feel I have good body control and stuff like that. I'm not the fastest and I’m not the biggest but I'm smooth and have good body control,” Williams said. “As a cornerback I think I'm a lot bigger than most other cornerbacks. That's just a size advantage for me and I have a lot of ball skill coming from wide receiver to DB.”
Williams hasn’t identified his favorites but there are a few schools that have caught his attention early in the recruiting process.
“The ones that have been sticking out have most definitely been Arizona, UCLA, Notre Dame, USC, Washington and I’d say Georgia and Oregon too,” he said.
Scout.com ranks Williams as the 98th best prospect and 16th best wide receiver in the nation.