Three-star cornerback Jaylin Williams won’t be under-the-radar much longer.
During the spring evaluation period several Power 5 programs, including Notre Dame, stopped by Germantown High School in Tennessee to watch the 5-foot-11, 175-pound two-way athlete practice.
Williams hopes to add Notre Dame to his offer list that includes Indiana, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Wake Forest. Germantown is a suburb of Memphis, the hometown of sophomore cornerback Donte Vaughn.
“Coach (Clark) Lea came down here a few weeks ago for spring practice,” Williams said. “From then on, it’s been good. We’re in contact about every other day.”
Notre Dame recently sent Williams an edit, which showed a glimpse of what his Twitter feed would look like as an Irish freshman.
But the Irish aren’t alone in their interest of the ’18 prospect.
Williams has a growing list of programs in consistent contact.
“Virginia Tech, Auburn, Baylor has been pushing the gas too,” Williams said. “Kansas State, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Virginia, Wake Forest, Washington State, are showing interest as well.”
Williams has high priorities outside of football. The academic strength of Notre Dame is something that sparks his interest.
“I like Notre Dame a lot, actually,” Williams said. “They have a good balance between football and education, which is high on my priority list, which I like. That’s why they stick out to me. And it is ‘Notre Dame.’
“I got a 22 on my ACT and I have a 3.0 GPA. I want to major in Political Science. That’s really what I want to do. I still want to pay attention to the game and Notre Dame offers something unique in that way.”
Gaining weight while maintaining dynamic speed is high on Williams’ list this summer.
“I’ve been doing a lot of work,” Williams said. “Last year, I was kind of small. To play college football, at that level, I’m trying to get to 190 (pounds) before my senior season starts. I know in college, I’ll grow but I want to play my freshman year. Speed-wise, everyone says I’m good, but I know I can get faster.
“Getting faster is something I want to do, getting bigger is something I have to do.”
Also a star in track, Williams suffered a small setback this year, holding him out of the Tennessee State Track Championship.
Still, Williams boasts impressive times outside of championships. One look at his junior season highlight film proves his track speed translates to the football field.
“I was going to run in state but I pulled my hamstring,” Williams said. “In the 200 (meter), I’ve ran a 21.7 (seconds). At The Opening (Regionals in Atlanta), I had a track meet (the day before), so it wasn’t my fastest. But I ran a 4.51 (40 yard dash), the second fastest time. I’ve ran a 4.49.”
The Irish have invited Williams to their invite-only camp on June 10. Plans are in motion to attend the event.
“That’s something that I have to talk to my parents about,” Williams said. “(Irish Invasion) is something that I want to do.”
Williams hopes an Irish offer will come soon, as he plans to make his college decision this summer.
“I’ll probably make my decision before school starts,” Williams said. “Probably either early-August, late-July.”