Texas Receiver has Top Five

It appears that the 2007 recruiting has a wealth of talented receivers and the early results suggest that Notre Dame's high-powered offense has caught the attention of many of them. Malcolm Williams of Garland High School (Texas) is getting looks from some of the top schools in the country and the Irish are in the mix.

Malcolm Williams (6-3, 205 pounds) has the size and speed (4.45 forty) to play a number of positions in college. He's a great safety prospect, but he'd like to use his talents to make big plays on offense.

"I'm an aggressive player," Williams described when asked about his ability as a wide receiver. "I like to go out and make stuff happen. Some people let things happen, but I prefer to go out and get it. With my height, weight and strength allow me to do that. I also have the speed."

In Charlie Weis' first year at Notre Dame, he showed that he is willing to allow receivers to make plays downfield in the passing game. With Maurice Stovall leaving the Irish this year and Jeff Samardzija departing after the 2006 season the Irish will need receivers that have similar skills.

"Yes sir, they have been sending me mail," Williams said when asked if Notre Dame was recruiting him. "I think the coaches have been through during practice, but I didn't get a chance to talk to them. I think they're recruiting me for wide receiver.

"I really like their style of play. It's where a player would like to be, because everybody gets their fair share of the ball. I like the school. It would be a change of environment."

It is early in the recruiting calendar, but Williams already has five schools that stand above the rest.

"Texas A&M (offer), Texas, Florida, Texas Tech and Notre Dame," Williams replied when asked which schools he was considering. "I grew up a fan of Texas. I love going down to Austin. I've been down there a bunch of times. It's a great place to be. It's real homey. It's a place I think I can grow.

"Texas A&M is close to home. It's a good business school. I'm going to major in business. Almost all the Texas schools have good business school which is why I like most of the Texas schools.

"Florida is a different type school," Williams said. "I haven't figured out what I like about them yet, but it feels right being out there. I visited there when I was younger."

Notre Dame is the only school in William's top five that is in the north, but Malcolm is more concerned with finding the right school than he is about distance.

"It really doesn't matter where the school is," Williams explained. "If the school is right for me that's where I'll go. My mother would like me to go somewhere close so she can come to my games, but she really wants me to go where I'll be happy.

"I'll probably make a decision around signing day. I'm going to take my trips and see who I like."

IrishIllustrated.com Top Stories