Notre Dame fans are rightfully concerned with progress of defensive tackle recruiting. It is a biggest priority for the 2007 class, and the Irish have already seen several of their top prospects select other college options. Ian Williams (6-foot-2, 300 pounds) just appeared on the Irish radar, and he now claims an Irish offer.
"They've been recruiting me since spring," Williams replied when asked when Notre Dame began recruiting him. "My coach called me one day and said Notre Dame is coming to school. Coach Weis came down with coach Parmalee. At that time they said they'd get back to me, so I've been waiting for an offer.
"[Coach Paramlee] called and wanted me to call him and he said they needed my transcripts, and when they go through I would have an offer. My transcripts finally went through and they offered me. He said it should be in the mail soon."
While the Irish are very appealing to Williams, the Irish need to do some work in order to pull even with his favorite team.
"I was very surprised. It's up there," Williams said of his scholarship offer from Notre Dame. "I'd say they definitely have a chance. Right now my leader is Florida. That's pretty firm, but you never know. I really don't have a top list of schools. I have Florida at No.1 and then all the other schools.
"They were the first one to offer me and the first one to really jump on me. Coach Mattison is real cool and down to earth. Coach Strong is the playful type. He sends me text messages and kids with me all the time. They're a real good school."
Despite the firm position the Gators enjoy with Williams, he does intend to take his official visits.
"Florida, Notre Dame, Auburn, and I'm not sure of the other schools," Williams replied when asked which schools would receive his official visits. "I'm just trying to check out all of my schools and everything before I commit. I don't want to commit somewhere and not know what else is out there.
"I have offers from Florida, Auburn, Clemson, West Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Alabama; I'm not sure of all of them, but I have about 30 offers."
As a junior Williams had 83 tackles (23 of them for a loss), 12 quarterback hurries, four forced fumbles, two sacks, four passes broken up, and four fumbles recovered.