According to the New York Post, the Ishaq Williams waiting game has concluded and the one school that seemed to have moved to the bottom of the pack ends up with him.
The wait is over – Lincoln All-American Ishaq Williams has chosen Notre Dame, The Post has learned.
His coach, Shawn O’Connor, relayed the news Friday morning. The five-star defensive end/tight end picked the Fighting Irish over Penn State and Syracuse.
Williams was supposed to take an official visit to Penn State this weekend and then make his final decision. That was before he received a visit from Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco at 4:30 in the morning.
Before the sun rose on Friday, Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco reportedly was at the home of prized linebacker recruit Ishaq Williams.
And, soon thereafter, matters became sunny in more ways than one. Williams, a hyper-athletic top 100 prospect, made an oral commitment to play for the Irish, according to multiple reports.
And so it goes. After Hat-Gate, the delays, the back-and-forth and sternly-worded emails, everyone goes their separate ways. As much as it would have been a huge get for Williams to commit to SU, the fact that we were even in the conversation was a huge boost.
At the end of the day, we're going to be fine. Look at our recruits. It's solid, Doug Marrone knows what he's doing and we've got a lot of talent on that defense already.
One final note from Dave Rahme points out that, at the end of the day, Williams is a good guy after all.
Williams initially planned to make his announcement at Saturday at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio but decided at the last minute to delay his decision. While several other participants in the game trotted over to a corner of the field where a makeshift TV studio was set up and chose a hat from one of three finalists and did a quick interview, Williams said he decided such a ceremony would be disrespectful to the two also-rans.