Ian Williams looking at Irish

Notre Dame has had some success recruiting the state of Florida, but drawing a top defense lineman from the Sunshine State is going to be a tall order. Ian Williams of Lyman high school (Longwood, Fla.) is the prospect Notre Dame has targeted, and as expect the Irish have their work cut out for them.

Ian Williams (6-foot-2, 300 pounds) would be a great addition to the Irish program. He has a ton of talent and Notre Dame has a big need along the defensive front.

"I've been talking to them," Williams said when asked if he had been in touch with the Notre Dame coaches. "I talked to coach Weis a couple days ago. I remember the first time I talked to him he said ‘I know a lot of people have offered you, but I don't want to be one of those 30 or 40 offers that you have. I want to be known as the Notre Dame offer.' He's recruiting me as a young man and a talented football player, not just a football player with skills. He's recruiting me as a young man and I like that.

"I talked to coach Oliver the other day and he wants to set up a visit. He said he wanted me to come up for Stanford. I was hoping to come up for a bigger game so that I could see the atmosphere. I'd like to come up early in the season."

"Notre Dame speaks for itself. The past few years they've really been struggling and then Coach Weis comes in and he's brought the program back. He's made Brady Quinn a Heisman hopeful and all that in one year. He brought in a good class last year and he'll have another good class this year. Imagine what he'll be able to do with that."

If the Irish can get Williams up to campus they will have a chance to land the talent lineman, but as of now the Florida Gators hold the advantage.

"Notre Dame and Florida are my top two," Williams explained. "I definitely have Florida at the top right now, but Notre Dame is right there and I'll definitely have a difficult decision to make," Williams explained. "Florida is a great program. The things I like about coach Weis I like in coach Meyer. He's done a lot in one year and both are great coaches. Florida is a great school and a lot of my teachers graduated from Florida.

"There are still a bunch of schools out there that I'm considering [along with Notre Dame and Florida], but there are a handful of schools that I'm really taking a look at like Auburn, Georgia Tech and LSU.

"I've been wanting to sit down with my mom and look at all the schools that I'm interested in and single out the games that I want to go to and schedule my visits," he said "I'll probably make my decision sometime in late October, or early November."

Distance is generally an issue Notre Dame has to overcome, but Williams doesn't feel it will play a big role in his college choice.

"It does little bit, but it would be a good experience to get out on my own," Williams replied when asked if he'd like to stay close to home. "The distance is just a chance to get out on my own and see how I stand on my own two feet."

As junior Williams had 83 tackles, 23 for a loss, and 12 quarterback hurries.

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