Ian Williams Meets with Weis

Defensive tackle Ian Williams of Lyman High School (Longwood, Fla.) might be the most important recruits Notre Dame is pursuing. The Irish need to sign two interior linemen for the defensive side of the ball and Williams is one of their primary targets.

Ian Williams (6-foot-2, 300 pounds) will head up to South Bend for an unofficial visit, but before he left, Williams received a visit from the Notre Dame coaching staff.

"It went real well," Williams responded when asked about his meeting with the Notre Dame coaches. "Coach Weis and coach Ianello came to my school around 12:00 p.m. I think we were in there for about an hour and a half.

"We talked about the upcoming visit, different matters about the school, when I could come in and play, when I would come up for school, what the freshman generally do, what classes I'd take and stuff like that."

Notre Dame has one of the most attractive depth charts for defensive tackles in the country and Williams has taken notice.

"It's actually quite big," Williams said of the opportunity to play early at Notre Dame. "I don't want to go somewhere and end up sitting for two or three years, and then only have one year to play. I actually want to go somewhere that I get to play for a few years and have fun playing.

"I don't know how good I am on the college ranks, but I believe that I can come in and challenge for a second-string, and maybe get some playing time."

Despite Notre Dame's need for defensive linemen, Williams appreciates the way coach Weis has approached his recruitment.

"We talk about academics and they told me I'd be able to play early," Williams said of his conversation with coach Weis. "They told me straightforward what they want. They don't put stuff off on other schools. They tell me the pros and cons about their school.

"He hasn't put any pressure on me to commit. That's the cool thing about him. If you want o go to Notre Dame, go. If you don't, you don't. He doesn't put any pressure on you."

Williams is also considering Auburn, Florida and Clemson.

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