Williams Heading to ND in June

Notre Dame looks to upgrade its talent on the defensive side of the football and there isn't a better place to find playmakers than the state of Florida. Safety Carl Williams from First Coast High School (Jacksonville, Fla.) received a visit from Irish assistant Tim Hinton this spring and Williams would like to repay that visit this summer.

Carl Williams has been keeping in contact with the Notre Dame coaching staff throughout the spring, so he's starting to get a good feel for what they're looking for in for in a safety prospect. The next step for Williams will be to make a trip to campus and show the staff that he fits the mold.

"Coach Hinton came up to my school during the spring to watch us practice," Williams said. "He said that they want me to come up to their football camp this summer and spend some time up there, visit the campus and so they can look at me some more before they make me an offer.

"I like Notre Dame as a program. I like the school's prestige and the coaching staff is real cool. I like their history and the academics. I like the campus as well from looking at it on-line. I'm going to see it in person when I go up there for camp."

"They were never my favorite team, but I always liked the school a lot," he said. "It's well respected and I could see myself playing for them some day. I'll find out more about it when I come up there.

"They had a defensive lineman that committed there for Raines High School, Louis Nix. He's from Jacksonville. That showed me that they do come down here to recruit players.

Williams has seven scholarship offers, but he's focusing his attention on five schools at this time; Illinois, Maryland, South Florida, Arkansas, and Notre Dame. He only made one unofficial visit this spring, but Carl will make take several more in the coming months.

"I'll take visits this summer, but I did go to UCF to check out their junior day," Williams explained. "I'll probably spread my visits out. I'll take some during the summer, then some during my season and maybe even some in the winter.

"There really isn't a timetable for when I'm going to commit. It'll just happen when I feel comfortable with a school."

As a junior, Williams recorded 76 solo tackles, 26 assists, two quarterback sacks, four tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and recovered four fumbles in nine games.

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