It’s not enough that Miami and Notre Dame will face off on December 31st in the Sun Bowl. New head coach Al Golden kick-started the rivalry when he dropped into the Brooklyn high school of Irish target Ishaq Williams, throwing the Hurricanes into the heated pursuit for the blue-chippers signature.
CaneSports.com spoke with Lincoln High coach Shawn O’Connor, who chronicled the visit.
“Coach Golden and Coach D’Onofrio made a great impression on Ishaq,” O’Connor said. “Ishaq was very impressed. Now, he’ll go home and put this through his process, go through it all. I don’t think he really thought about the whole Miami thing until now. I don’t know if he’ll visit, but Coach Golden did a great presentation. We know he’s going to be a great coach. He’s keeping ties from the north to the south.”
The Hurricanes currently have only four committed prospects, with Anthony Chickillo openly wondering if he’ll visit Notre Dame and a few other places. It goes to show you how elite of a prospect Williams is that Golden would take both he and his defensive coordinator to Brooklyn instead of patrolling South Florida for recruits with stronger ties to the ‘Canes.
Irish fans, rest easy. Williams and his family welcomed head coach Brian Kelly and defensive coordinator Bob Diaco into their home earlier this week to listen to another sales pitch on why the Irish were a great fit for the Brookyln product.
Here’s what Shaun Williams, Ishaq’s father, told Pete Sampson of IrishIllustrated.com:
“They always make a compelling case,” Shaun said. “It’s just clarifying some stuff with us in terms of what it is actually that they do in that defensive. Coach Diaco has a defense that is his own invention. It just oversimplifies it by calling tit a 3-4. It’s not purely a 3-4. It’s something brand new and something brand new that they want Ishaq to do, which is kind of cutting edge.”
From the sounds of it, the Hurricanes have quite a bit of catching up to do in the recruitment of Williams, but that won’t stop them from trying.