One player that has been extremely hard to track down the last month or so is Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure defensive back Michael Williams. We had heard previously that the athlete was going to be taking his official visit this weekend to Notre Dame but there has been a change in those plans.
Williams, 5-11, 185 pounds is a great looking prospect who really impressed us when we saw him against perennial state power Newhall (Calif.) Hart in week one. While many list Williams as a corner, we think safety is his best college position and it's also the position he's most familiar with at the high school level.
He does have good cover skills and should have no problem covering a third receiver at the college level. As a safety, he covers a lot of ground, has great instincts and is a lot more physical than his size would dictate. Williams is one of those athletes who just makes plays and we like his upside even more than current Notre Dame defensive back Terrail Lambert who also played at St. Bonny.
On the recruiting front, there has been a change for Williams and he will no longer be visiting Notre Dame this weekend.
"We have a huge game Friday against Canyon who was the No. 2 team in the pre-season rankings," Seraph coach Jon Mack said. "So Michael decided to push the visit back to our by weekend which is October 6. That way Michael can spend more time there, be there for the bonfire Friday night and not feel like he's having to rush through anything.
"At this point, Notre Dame is still the leader over Michigan, UCLA and Arizona. The trip to Notre Dame is the only one he has set up so far but I would guess he'll visit Michigan as well. He went back to Michigan in the summer and spent a lot of time there. He really likes Coach English a lot and his dad got along really well with Coach Carr.
"With UCLA, Michael has been going to the Dewayne Walker DB camp since he was a freshman and loved it. It's the best DB camp out there and Michael has always liked UCLA. At Arizona, Charlie Williams has done a very good job recruiting Michael and that's another school he's looking at. Still, ever since he was a kid, Michael told me he always wanted to play for Notre Dame. He's not going to decide any time soon, I think he'll wait until after the season but I do think Notre Dame definitely has the upper hand right now."