Potential 5-star in for Invasion

Notre Dame plans to get one of the nation’s elite defensive backs to Irish Invasion next weekend. And the potential five-star has an Irish connection that could serve Notre Dame well.

The most talented prospect at Irish Invasion next weekend might still be a year away from his National Signing Day.

That’s because it’s hard to top ’19 safety Brian Williams in terms of national profile. The standout at Bishop Dunne in Dallas already holds 32 offers, including Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Stanford, Texas and USC.

During his sophomore season Williams posted 78 tackles, eight interceptions, six pass breakups, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery during Texas 6A competition, one of the strongest high school football divisions in the country.

Bishop Dunne head coach, Michael Johnson confirmed that Williams will visit Notre Dame with his family.

“Yes, he’s attending (Irish Invasion),” Johnson said. “He’s attending with his family. If he’s going all the way up there, it shows (he has interest). He said that he has in interest in them. He’s not going up there just to go. He’s interested in the program and the academics that they offer. It’s a win-win situation for him and his family.”

Johnson sees Williams as a fit at Notre Dame.

“He’s the type of caliber of player that Notre Dame is looking for, on and off the field,” Johnson said. “Just a level-headed young man. Once (Notre Dame) gets him down there to talk to him, they’ll see he’s very humble and works extremely hard and a tough kid and all about academics. He has one of the highest GPA’s on our football team.

“He’s everything that you’re looking for.”

Johnson, who also coached Notre Dame senior cornerback Nick Watkins at Bishop Dunne, predicts Williams will have success at the safety position at the college level and beyond.

“No doubt, the kid can move, he can run, the kid has light hips,” Johnson said. “He’s just a great athletic safety. I don’t see why he wouldn’t stay there. He can definitely play that position at a high level. He’s someone who can compete one day in the NFL.”

In recent years, many top recruits have opted to sit out the workout portion of Irish Invasion.

Johnson is unsure whether Williams, who has a jam-packed summer itinerary, will lace up his cleats in South Bend.

“I don’t know if he is going to workout at the event,” Johnson said. “It wouldn’t surprise me if he didn’t work out but it wouldn’t surprise me if he did. The kid loves to compete. At the end of the day, it’ll be up to his family.

“He’s doing a lot of visits over the summer, so I don’t know if he can do every camp at every place. So, I don’t know for sure if he’s going to camp or not. He’s going out to the west coast. He has it all laid out, what he’s going to do over the summer.”

As far as commitment goes, Williams has many campuses to see and plenty of homework to do before considering making a final decision.

“I don’t think he has a timeline or a set date to make a decision at this point. I think, for now, he’s just trying to gather information and go from there.”


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