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.
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.