January 12, 2011 // Recruiting

Ishaq Williams Still Undecided

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Four star defensive end/outside linebacker recruit Ishaq Williams was set to make his college decision at the Army All American Bowl Saturday.  Three days later, however, the prized recruit is still weighing his options and has yet to make a decision.

US Army All American defensive end/outside linebacker Ishaq Williams is still deciding between Notre Dame, Syracuse, and Penn State. (Photo - John Albright / Icon SMI)

For a while now, Notre Dame, Syracuse, and Penn State have been the final three schools Williams has been considering.   At this point, it seems as though he is having a hard time deciding based on comments from his father, Shaun Williams, in Tuesday’s New York Post.

“[Syracuse coach] Doug Marrone and [Notre Dame coach] Brian Kelly are new, we’re pretty confident those guys will be there when Ishaq walks across the stage [with his diploma],” he said. “[Penn State] coach [Joe] Paterno may not be there, however the stability of the Penn State program would still be in place.”

Shaun Williams added: “At this point, everyone is equal. There is something that’s appealing about each situation – the family connection with Syracuse, the high level of expertise with Penn State and the storied history of Notre Dame and the ability to get that program back to national prominence and for Ishaq to be a household name across America.

Williams is one of the highest rated recruits left on the board for Notre Dame.  The Irish already have Ben Council and Anthony Rabasa committed at outside linebacker in this class, but Williams has elite pass rushing skills and would be a huge addition to this year’s defensive haul. Those pass rushing skills were on full display in the All American Bowl where Williams teamed with Aaron Lynch and Notre Dame commitment Stephon Tuitt along with Ray Drew to give the East squad a dominant pass rush.

Williams is an early enrollment candidate which means he doesn’t have too much more time to make his decision and still enroll in time for the spring semester.  Penn State’s semester started on Monday while Notre Dame and Syracuse’s semester begins on the 18th.

Comments to this Article

  • Big Daddy commented on January 12th, 2011 at 8:50 am

    If Kelly can nail down Ishaq and Lynch, this defense has the ability to be one of the best in ND history. With both committed to being early enroll recruits, it could have an immediate impact.


  • spiceyirish commented on January 12th, 2011 at 11:25 am

    It would be great to get him at ND. Two years ago it was Manti Te’o. ND got a play-maker in Prince Shembo last season. This year maybe Ishaq and Lynch. Next year hopefully another player and so forth. Keep on building.


    cousinnap replied on January 12th, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Your right that is how it gets done – 2,3,4 really key players each year with a good supporting class and the it builds from there – Kelly looks like he is getting it going in the right direction – does take some time tough


  • LafDomer commented on January 12th, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Seems rather silly, doesn’t it. Just a year ago there were questions about Kelley’s ability to recruit. Nuff said!


  • EchoesAwakened commented on January 12th, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    While I love to see the Irish doing so well we have to remember that they haven’t commited yet. I hope Kelly can seal the deal with ishaq and lynch like he did with Floyd today. Go Irish!


  • irishman commented on January 13th, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Just saw Reddish from Brooklyn has committed to play at Syracuse. Could mean that ishaq is going to the cuse also. Were rumors of them going there together


    moemontana replied on January 13th, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    It looks like Ishaq is going to Penn State.


  • DeltaIrish commented on January 13th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Rivals says Brennan Scarlett just committed to Cal.


  • bleednd82 commented on January 15th, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Lynch just commited to ND


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