RB recruit Dexter Williams will finally visit Notre Dame this weekend
Nothing will hold back Dexter Williams from making a visit to Notre Dame this time around.
A trip to South Bend has been a long time coming for the four-star running back recruit. Everything was set for an official visit to Notre Dame in November for its game against Louisville until the night before his flight.
That Friday, he suffered a hairline fracture in his foot during one of his games for Winter Garden (Fla.) West Orange. Dealing with doctors wiped out his plans to travel north that Saturday.
With his foot still healing, Williams will finally make his planned official visit to Notre Dame just weeks before signing day.
“I've been trying to get up there since the summer but I haven't had a chance,” Williams said. “(Running backs) coach (Tony) Alford stayed on me about Notre Dame being a great place. We have a great relationship so I want to get up there and take that visit to experience what Notre Dame is really about.”
Williams had been verbally committed to Miami since April, but Alford continued to build a relationship with him. Now Williams will visit Notre Dame with his recruitment wide open.
"We have a very close relationship,” Williams said of Alford. “It's not only about football. We talk about everything. Most of the time that we talk, it's really not about football.”
That relationship with Alford helped the Irish get Williams committed to a visit. It wasn’t a hard decision, Williams said.
"Notre Dame, that's one of the elite schools in the country,” Williams said. “The history behind the football program and the running backs that have come out of Notre Dame that are playing now. I really don't know too much, that's why I'm taking the visit. I'll find out what it's really about soon.”
One thing Williams does feel educated on is Notre Dame’s style of play. The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder said he watched the Irish on TV nearly every week. The versatility required of Notre Dame’s running backs matches with Williams’ expectations of himself.
“They don't only use them in the backfield. They use them in one-on-one situations in space,” Williams said. “I like how they give the running backs chances to make plays. They don't use only one back. It's a rotation. That's playing a big role in my recruitment because I know coach Alford uses his running backs. He's trying to get three in the rotation.”
The third spot remains wide open in 2015. The Irish only return sophomore running backs Tarean Folston and Greg Bryant next season. As a result, Notre Dame’s coaching staff has been in search of two running backs in the 2015 recruiting class. The Irish need one more to join four-star commit Josh Adams.
Williams, who rushed for 871 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior, could be a nice complement to Alford’s stable of running backs. Both 247Sports and Rivals slot Williams as the No. 13 running back nationally in the 2015 class. Rivals ranks him No. 114 regardless of position. 247Sports slates him No. 129 overall.
"He's a big-time back, a home run threat, an explosive player,” said 247Sports director of recruiting Steve Wiltfong. “He's a recruit that Notre Dame has coveted for much of the process.”
After his Notre Dame visit, Williams will head to Texas A&M next weekend. The Aggies have emerged as a late contender with Louisville the perceived favorite, per Wiltfong, and Miami still in the running. Williams isn’t quite ready to handicap the contenders.
"I'm narrowing it down, but I don't want to speak on that just yet,” Williams said.
With signing day less than three weeks away, the schools will learn their fate soon enough.
Below are senior highlights of Williams, via Hudl.
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