SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The recruiting process is almost over for Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln defensive end Ishaq Williams and that is just fine for him. A defensive end for the East squad at the Army All-American Bowl, Williams hopes that Saturday will mark the end of the process when he announces on national television. But just two days away, Williams isn’t sure that he is ready.
WIlliams could push things back and visit Miami.
“I’m aiming to decide on Saturday,” Williams said following practice on Thursday afternoon. “But I don’t want to rush the decision. I’m going to weigh out all the pros and cons and if I can’t I’m going to wait. I’m just praying about it, weighing the goods and bads of each school and just praying.”
If he announces on Saturday, Williams will have three hats on the table: Penn State, Notre Dame and Syracuse. Williams has been to all three campuses and has taken officials to Notre Dame and Syracuse. He touched on each of the programs and why they are his finalists.
“Penn State and Syracuse are most familiar,” he said. “I’ve been there multiple times and it’s a real family atmosphere and I feel most comfortable there.
“It’s a different position at Notre Dame. Notre Dame I like the position because I get to be all over the field. I like the tradition, all the resources they have and I feel real comfortable there as well.”
The linebacker position in Notre Dame’s 3-4 defense has a unique appeal to Williams. All week in practice, he has proven that he is one of the more athletic defensive ends in the entire country and he sees that outside linebacker position as allowing him to utilize that athleticism.
“Defensive end is something that I’m used to,” he said. “I’ve been playing that for a while now. Linebacker enables me to be all over the field, catch picks, get sacks, make tackles, all of that.”
While the decision for Saturday is a three-team race for Williams, if he decides to wait, a fourth team may sneak into the picture. Miami’s Al Golden has come on strong with a late push. Williams stated that if he pushes his decision past Saturday, he plans to take a Miami visit.
But Williams is against the clock. He has plans to enroll early, making a decision in the coming days a necessity, not that he needs any extra motivation.
“[A Saturday decision] is what I’m aiming for,” he said. “I really want to get into college. I just want to get this over with. I’m not going to look to draw it out.”