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Faxes In: Jhonny Williams

Feb 5, 2014, 10:24 AM EDT

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Berrian Springs (Benton Harbor, MI)

Measurables: 6-5, 230

Accolades: AP first-team All-State, Detroit News All-State, Detroit Free-Press All-State Dream Team, Rivals 3-Star prospect

Impressive Offers: Missouri

Projected Position: Defensive End / Outside Linebacker

Quick Take: It’s not hard to see what the Irish coaching staff likes about Williams. The long, lanky, explosive athlete burst onto the scene with a breakout senior season, and immediately gives the Irish a pass rushing threat.

There’s plenty of filling out that needs to be done, but you can’t teach Williams’ length and athleticism. One of the top basketball players in his conference after averaging 17 points a game as a junior, Williams will give up the hard court for the football field, a move that projects to be a smart one.

What he means to Irish: Consider Williams a developmental project. He’s a bit raw right now, but has the makings of an elite pass rusher. There aren’t many athletes on the Irish roster that look like Williams. He’ll add a versatility to the defensive depth chart that may have been lacking.

Obligatory YouTube highlight clip: Williams plays the Rudy notes for his intro video. Old faithful.


  1. wisner74 - Feb 5, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Lengthy, athletic, raw? Remind anyone of Justin Tuck coming out of high school?

  2. longliveautrydenson - Feb 5, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Welcome to the family Jhonny, Notre Dame is the best decision you’ll ever make.

  3. NotreDan - Feb 5, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    6′ 5, 230, and he runs a 4.5?

    Look out. great get.

  4. georgewarr - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    My favorite recruit in this class. I’ll definitely be keeping my eye on this one. I believe he has the potential to be better than No. 7.

  5. ndirish10 - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    This kid is what, 17 or 18 years old?! He looks older than me, and I’m 34. Could be the great get from this group. Wisner, absolutely! Does have the Justin Tuck look. I can’t wait to see him develop and create havoc alongside Smith.

  6. mcirish27 - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Charter member of the Jhonny Williams fan club.

  7. padomer - Feb 5, 2014 at 9:25 PM


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