The state of Ohio is stocked with talented running backs this year and one of the best in the Buckeye State is Morgan Williams (6-0 190-pounds.) The Irish are well aware of his talents.
"I'm getting strong attention from Notre Dame," Williams said when asked which schools were recruiting him. "I'm getting strong attention from Illinois, also Ohio State. Georgia Tech, Florida, Indiana (offer) and Michigan State are also sending me stuff.
"They're up there with the others ones. They're probably second on the list," Williams said of his interest in playing for Notre Dame. "They have a great tradition up there. They're always on TV so I'm always watching them."
Notre Dame has some ground to make up, but who is the team that leads for Williams' services?
"Probably Illinois," Williams replied when asked who held the No. 1 position. "They told me that they're going to be recruiting me hard.
"Joe Morgan goes there and I want to get up there with somebody that I know. He's a receiver that played on our team this year."
The Illini haven't offered the talented running back, but even with a scholarship offer from Illinois, Williams will take his time before he makes a decision.
"I'll probably weigh all my options and see what is all out there," Williams explained. "I want to stay somewhere close to home, not too far. I don't want to go all the way across the country. I'm looking for a good education and a good football program."
Like many of the top Midwest athletes Williams will be attending the Nike combine in Columbus, Ohio.
"Exposure," Williams said when asked what he wanted to achieve by attending the combine. "I haven't been to any football combines yet. I want to see where I'm at compared to players from around the country -- see where my status is."
Last season, Williams rushed for over 2,400 yards and scored 31 touchdowns. He was named all-Ohio, all-district, and Federal player of the year.