Williams's Value Increases

As national signing day approaches Ian Williams' value to the Notre Dame football program increases. The standout from Lyman High School is the lone commitment the Irish have from an interior defensive lineman in the 2007 recruiting class.

Is there any prospect in the Notre Dame recruiting class that is more important than Ian Williams? The big defensive lineman committed to Notre Dame in December, sending a wave of relief to Irish recruiting fans. Since that time Notre Dame has seen it's other options along the defensive front disappear.

"I saw that [Will] Blackwell committed to LSU today. We could still get Jason Peters, but I'm doubting that," Williams responded when asked about Notre Dame's defensive line recruiting. "It isn't a big concern. I know that I'll have to step up a lot more, but it is kind of a concern.

"I look at it like an opportunity, but I also I want to have guys to compete with. I do want to come in and start, but I want to have a team atmosphere. I don't want to be the only guy. I want to go two and three deep so that we'll be able to rotate guys in. I know in the college game that nobody is able to play the whole game. If anything happens to me, we'll have to have someone to step in."

Notre Dame still has time to add players to this recruiting class, and Williams still has six months until he reports to Notre Dame. His life hasn't change much since he committed to the Irish, but he doesn't miss the recruiting calls.

"Right now I'm just enjoying life, and relaxing," Williams said. "I finally have my nights back. It's become a lot less hectic. I don't get all the calls from all the recruiters any more and I don't get all the calls from Scout and Rivals. I got use to it but I don't miss it.

"I'm basically lifting and get ready to go to Notre Dame in June. I work out with my teammate; he's always in the weight room so I just work on with him. I need to work on getting faster and stronger. It's going to be a different speed in college so I want to improve that. I have a lot that I need to work on, my strength and my agility, but I'm not worried about it. When I get up there they'll put me in their strength and conditioning program and I'll get much better."

The Notre Dame coaches expect Williams to help improve their defense. He has stayed in touch with his recruiting coach and Ian has discussed the changes with the Irish coaching staff.

"Yesterday I spoke with coach Parmalee," Williams explained. "We talked about getting Corwin Brown as the defensive coordinator. He seems like a hard-nosed guy so I think we'll be all right. II think he'll turn the defense around.

"Coach Parmalee is just introducing me to what is going on at Notre Dame and what I should expect. I'm getting to know him a lot better. He doesn't really preach to me about recruiting since I've already committed. He's just become a real good friend and I think the next couple years that we'll become really close."


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