Notebook: Notre Dame makes cut for RB target Kyren Williams

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame's running back options in the 2019 class took a significant hit in April.

Two of Notre Dame's early top targets committed elsewhere: Chez Mellusi to Clemson and Steele Chambers to Ohio State.

That's left Kyren Williams as an important running back target for the Irish. Fortunately for Notre Dame, Williams likes what he sees in South Bend.

Williams, a 5-foot-10, 187-pound junior at Kirkwood (Mo.) St. John Vianney, listed Notre Dame as one of his top eight schools in a tweet Sunday. The Irish were joined by Missouri, Michigan, Stanford, Illinois, Nebraska, Iowa and Michigan State.

The three-star recruit last visited Notre Dame for a junior day in January. He previously attended the Irish Invasion last June.

Williams rushed for 922 yards and 22 touchdowns in his junior season. He also caught 51 passes for 774 yards and 12 touchdowns.

247Sports slates Williams as the No. 22 running back in the 2019 class. Rivals ranks him as the No. 50 wide receiver.

Mom, You’ve made this whole thing possible you sacrificed everything to get me to this point in my life I can’t thank you enough I am forever grateful for you ??

Top 8, Official Commitment date coming soon. pic.twitter.com/n91xT35Fxr

— Kyren Williams (@Kyrensiren) May 13, 2018

Smith decision soon

In a week, four-star linebacker Brandon Smith will share his commitment decision with the world.

The 6-4, 223-pound product of Mineral (Va.) Louisa County will announce his pledge in a ceremony at his school next Monday at 5 p.m. EDT.

Smith did not share a list of finalists, but his commitment will likely go to one of the following schools: Penn State, Texas A&M, Ohio State, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame or Michigan.

Smith made an official visit to Texas A&M in in April following unofficial visits to Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State earlier in the month.

The Irish offered Smith last June during a campus visit. Former defensive coordinator Mike Elko and current defensive coordinator Clark Lea have made Smith a top priority at linebacker.

247Sports slates Smith as the No. 2 inside linebacker in the 2019 class. Rivals ranks him as the No. 5 weakside defensive end.

This part of the journey started as little kid.

*I will be announcing my commitment to______?

*When: Monday May 21st @5pm ?

*Where: LCHS Auditorium

*The public is invited to join us.

*No interviews until May 21st. pic.twitter.com/ymhAlGMJKH

— Brandon Smith (@brand0n_smith12) May 13, 2018

Lenzy running for titles

Notre Dame wide receiver signee Braden Lenzy, who will join the Irish football program next month, will try to end his high school track career with some state championships this weekend.

In the final meet before the Oregon School Activities Association Class 6A Track and Field State Championships, Lenzy took home four first-place finishes in the Three Rivers League District Championship.

Lenzy won the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.62 seconds and the 400-meter dash in 48.46 seconds. He was also a part of the winning 400 and 1,600 relay teams.

Lenzy will enter the state championship meet as the No. 3 seed in both the 200 and 400 and with both his relay teams seeded No. 2. He won the state title in the 400 as a sophomore (48.38) and junior (47.92). Prelims will be run on Friday with the finals scheduled for Saturday at the University of Oregon.

200 & 400 TRL Champ 4x1 & 4x4 TRL Champ

4x4 School & Meet Record

TRL Male Track Athlete of the Year

Go Tigers! Go Irish! ?? pic.twitter.com/2BTRYSSlvX

— Braden Lenzy (@blspeedy21) May 12, 2018

Wormley's distant decision

A lot can change in 10 weeks on the recruiting trail. That didn't stop offensive lineman Saleem Wormley from announcing a decision date of July 23.

The 6-3, 318-pound junior already has his eyes on a commitment. Wormley, who visited Penn State twice in April, has a Notre Dame official visit scheduled for June 15. He visited Maryland in March.

Wormley's offer list also includes Florida State, North Carolina, Oregon, Pittsburgh and others. Notre Dame offered the Smyrna (Del.) High product in February.

Rivals rates Wormley as a four-star recruit and the No. 30 offensive tackle in the 2019 class. 247Sports pegs him as a three-star recruit and the No. 28 offensive guard.

Puckett top 10

Wide receiver Zion Puckett hasn't visited Notre Dame since receiving an offer from the Irish in February, but that didn't prevent Notre Dame from receiving a spot in his top 10.

The four-star recruit from Griffin (Ga.) Spalding tweeted the list Saturday: Alabama, Auburn, Duke, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee and Texas A&M.

Rivals ranks the 6-0, 195-pound junior as the No. 19 athlete in the 2019 class. 247Sports slates him as the No. 30 wide receiver.

?? TOP 10 ?? @TurnMeUpDesignspic.twitter.com/mXFhGIJffN

— Zion Puckett (@ZionPuckett) May 12, 2018