"He was asking me what kind of player I was," Williams said. His father Brent played in the NFL from 1986-93, and was a teammate of Brown's in New England. He also played under Irish head coach Charlie Weis. "By the time we were done talking, he said I could consider myself being seriously recruited by the University of Notre Dame."
Brennan Williams, who already holds scholarship offers from Penn State, Virginia, Connecticut and Syracuse, said he has been receiving a lot more mail from the Irish coaching staff lately, including an invite to next month's junior day. An assistant coach has also dropped by Catholic Memorial High.
"I might actually go," the 6-foot-6, 260-pound Williams said. Most schools are recruiting the West Roxbury, Mass. product as an offensive tackle, but since recently sending out his junior film, some programs like him defensively. "I'm kind of going on a tour right now. I went to Boston College last weekend. I'm going to Connecticut this weekend. I'm going to Rutgers in two weeks, so I could very well end up going down there."
It would be Williams second trip to Notre Dame.
During the summer, Williams participated in the Irish's week-long camp.
"I really liked the school," he stated. "I liked the whole feel of the school. I liked the history behind it. I like the way the school feels. I could definitely see myself going there. I'd like to get a better tour of it because I was just down there for the camp."
Williams worked out with offensive line coach John Latina while in South Bend.
"He's a great coach, definitely."
This past fall, Williams helped Catholic Memorial bounce back from a 1-9 season the year before. A devastating run and pass blocker, as well as a steady player on the defensive line, Williams and company ended up finishing 6-4 this year.
"I've been told I'm quick off the ball," Williams said. He led the team in tackles for loss and had seven sacks. "I'm aggressive."
Williams has visited Boston College and Penn State a few times. He has also already been to Rutgers. It's too early for him to name his favorites, or give himself a deadline in making a verbal commitment.
"I'm hoping to narrow it down to five by the end of the school year," Williams said.
Maybe Notre Dame will be one of the five.