Notre Dame solidified its safety depth chart by going for a homegrown solution. The Irish offered Indianapolis Warren Central safety Mykelti Williams yesterday, and today the four-star prospect made the decision official by committing to Notre Dame.
Williams took an official visit to Minnesota last weekend and had another on tap for January to Louisville. But those plans seem to be obsolete from the moment Mike Elston offered the defensive back.
He told 247Sports.com’s Steve Wiltfong why the decision was so easy.
“It was kind of like a thing, you grow up as a kid, you dream about that day, and it came true for me,” Williams told 247 Sports. “It’s a blessing that I’ll play in front of my family and get a great education and play with some great guys.”
The Irish’s late run at the safety was a product of several things. First, a need to add more depth to the safety position after injuries decimated the depth chart. Second was a great senior season that had Williams joining Asmar Bilal on the 6A All-State team. (Fellow commitment Brandon Tiassum is on the 2A All-State team.)
That senior tape weighed heavily on the Irish’s decision to offer Williams. So did a visit from defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder, who was convinced that the slightly undersized safety would offer plenty in the secondary.
As rumors swirl around the stability of Pretince McKinney’s commitment to the Irish, landing Williams now makes certain that the Irish aren’t left empty-handed at a position where there are still multiple offers out. Add to the fact he’s a physical player with very good speed and the Indianapolis native is far from a consolation prize.
Williams is the 22nd commitment to the 2015 class. He had other top offers from Wisconsin, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Nebraska.