August 15, 2010

DE Williams back from Alabama, Notre Dame

Ishaq Williams had big plans for himself this summer. While he wasn't able to visit all of the schools he was hoping to he did recently get a chance to check out two of the schools that are high on his list.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound defensive end from Brooklyn (N.Y.) Abraham Lincoln recently checked out two of the biggest names in college football, and he spoke with Rivals.com about how those trips went on Sunday afternoon.

"I only had a chance to make it to Notre Dame and Alabama," Williams explained.

The nation's No. 4 defensive end, and No. 52 prospect overall, had intended as recently as two weeks ago, to visit Florida, Cal and Notre Dame.

How did the trips to South Bend and Tuscaloosa go for the elite pass rusher?

"Notre Dame went excellent," he began. "I felt very comfortable with the team and the coaches and I learned more about their system. I spoke to coach (Bob) Diaco a lot while I was there. I also spoke to coach (Kerry) Cooks and the athletic director.

"I had a great time at Alabama. Those were some of the best facilities I've seen. You can tell it's run like a professional team down there. It's like a football factory. When you go there you can tell they expect to win. You can see that in all the guys on the team. I talked to the coaches a little bit in between their team practices."

Throughout the recruiting process different coaches and college have projected Williams for different positions. Some schools have envisioned him playing tight end or defensive end, while others, such as Notre Dame, think he would be an excellent outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.

Alabama is also recruiting Williams as an outside linebacker.

What does the future hold for Williams? Will he be visiting any more schools before the start of his senior season or are things on hold for a while?

"For the summer I'm pretty much done," he explained. "During the season I'm going to try and visit a few more schools. Most of them are going to be officials but I'm going to try to fit in a few unofficials as well."

As mentioned before, Williams was hoping to visit Florida and Cal during the summer. Though that won't be happening now he said he will not try to do so during the fall. Nothing in set in stone, however, and he does not know where he will be going on his official visits.

"I'm hoping to narrowing my list down to five or seven schools by the beginning of my season," he concluded.

Abraham Lincoln's first game is on September 11.

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