Williams receives offer from Irish

Notre Dame's search for a big man to anchor the middle of their defensive line has taken the Irish staff to Lyman high school (Longwood, Fla.) where Ian Williams is making a name for himself. The Irish recently offered Williams, but they will have a difficult time luring him north.

Notre Dame is looking for playmakers along the defensive front and up until now they haven't had any takers. The Irish have several offers outstanding, but the latest has gone to Ian Williams (6-foot-2, 300 pounds).

"Coach Parmalee said they got my transcripts and said they wanted to offer me," Williams said of his recent offer from the Irish. "I spoke with coach Weis and he said he was really interested in me and that they wanted me up there. About two or three days later I go the offer sheet in the mail.

"[Coach Weis] came down to visit me in the spring so I had a quick chance to say hello, but I finally got a chance to talk with him about two or three days ago and got a chance to get to know what he is really like."

Most recruits that have had an opportunity to speak with the Irish head coach have been impressed with his laid-back demeanor and Williams was no different.

"He's real cool and real down to earth," Williams said. "He really knows how to coach because Notre Dame hadn't been doing too well before he got there and now they're in the national title chase. I think he's a real good coach. I saw the NFL championship rings when he came down to see me, so I was real impressed about that."

"The offer definitely moves them higher on my list. I still have Florida strongly at the top of my list, but I definitely want to take all five of my visits.

With Florida in command they are assured of receiving at least one of Ian's visits. The other four are up in the air, but Ian would at least like to take a look at Notre Dame.

"Auburn, Clemson, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Georgia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, and South Carolina," Williams listed as the schools he is considering visiting. "I still have to do more research to cut things down to five so I can take my visits. I know I'll take officials to Florida and Notre Dame.

"Location isn't a big thing for me. Education is a big thing, how good the football team is, and I really want to see the town and meet the players."

"I'd like to make my decision after my season. Hopefully we'll go to state and beat Lakeland," he added.

As a junior Williams had 83 tackles, 23 for a loss, 12 quarterback hurries, four forced fumbles, two sacks, four passes broken up, and four fumbles recovered.

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