Quarterback Hoping Irish Offer Comes Through

Marquise Williams is one of the top quarterbacks in the Southeast region, which means he's likely one of the top quarterback prospects in the country. The standout athlete from Mallard Creek High School (Charlotte, N.C.) has seen the interest level from Notre Dame increase since the new coaching staff turned its attention toward the 2011 recruiting class.

Notre Dame will likely take one quarterback with the 2011 recruiting class. Since Brian Kelly and his staff began to focus on the 2011 recruiting class quarterback Marquise Williams (6-foot-4, 195-pounds) has found a letter from the Irish in his mailbox almost every day.

"I've been getting a lot more letters now than I was from the other staff," Williams said. "I get letters from them almost every day. It seems like they have a lot of interest in me, but I haven't had a chance to speak with them yet. They haven't offered me, but that may come soon, because I know that they're looking for good athletes.

"Notre Dame's had up and down seasons, but you can't give up on a big school like that. Since they got Brian Kelly from Cincinnati, I think they're going to do real good this year. Even though they're losing one of the top quarterbacks, I think he's going to turn that program around. He's a winning coach. Like I said, it's Notre Dame. You can't ask for a bigger name than that. It's one of the top schools in the nation, they play on NBC every weekend and they throw the ball… they let it go. What quarterback doesn't like to air it out?

"Like I said, I really haven't had a chance to talk, to them," he commented. "We talked about calling them this weekend. We're being patient and hopefully the offer will come. If I had a top-5, I know Notre Dame would be in my top-5."

Williams hasn't settled on top-5 or a top-10 at this point, but that may be in the works.

"Me and my dad just sat down and talked about what we're really looking for in a school," Williams explained. "I want to find the best fit for me. We talked about who's going to expose your talent. You don't always have to go to one of the big schools to do that. We just talked about who would give me the best shot to play college football and who I could help win. I like to win… I don't know who doesn't like to win.

"I have 14 offers, but I never thought this would happen. It's a dream come true. I used to look at other guys and see them get all this attention and now it's me. I've definitely been blessed."

What Williams has definitely been blessed with is the ability to make plays. As a junior, he threw for over 2,400 yards and rushed for over 1,000 yards.

"People think that I just run the ball, but I've passed for 30 touchdowns every year I've played in high school," he said. "I do whatever I need to help my team win. I just go out and perform. I just go out and try my hardest, because I love the game of football."

Williams would like to make his decision prior to the start of his senior season.

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