“I had my official visit to Notre Dame when they played Stanford (October 7)," said Ventura, Calif., defensive back Michael Williams. "It was an easy game for Notre Dame (31-10). My overall experience during my visit was great. I loved Notre Dame. They have an incredible school. Coach Bill Lewis (defensive backs) and Coach Brian Polian (special teams) both say that I have an opportunity to play early. I know I’ll have to work my butt off to prove myself since their team is pretty stacked. Nothing is guaranteed. I’ll be playing at a completely different level.
"The Irish are recruiting me as safety and cornerback. Senior Tom Zbikowski (safety) is leaving and I could be recruited to play his position. Notre Dame has a great team. But, there are a few little things missing. For example, their defense has dual coverage and that sometimes causes a communication breakdown.
“My mom favors Notre Dame. She’s from Kenya and doesn’t really know a whole lot about American football. In 1988 she watched a game at Notre Dame and fell in love with the school. It’s the only school she has ever seen. My dad likes Michigan and Notre Dame. They're both impressive schools. He says I can’t go wrong with either school. Obviously, distance isn’t a factor. I can always visit on Thanksgiving.
“I went to my official visit when Michigan played Ball State (November 4). Of course Michigan won (34-26). Michigan was on top the whole time,” he said. “Ball State did surprise me the fourth quarter with a little spurt. Coach Ron English (defensive coordinator) says that they’ll play me where they think is best. I can’t imagine them playing me as a safety. Their safeties are huge. I’m not big enough nor have the body type. I hate the whole size thing. I might have to gain 20 or 30 pounds.
“I might visit Arizona next week. Coach Charlie Williams (wide receivers) says the same as the other coaches. They’ll play me where I fit best. All the coaches pretty much say the same thing. I’m sure they care about the recruits, but there is a lot of business involved in football. It’s the coaches’ job to sell us their school. They’re not our friends. They’re not just talking to us--just to talk to us. They need to get us to play for their team, and I don’t know who I am playing for yet.
“I’m not sure if I’ll take a visit to California,” Williams said. “I haven’t had a lot of contact with them. They’re a favorite of mine because they’re a great school and they’re in California.
“I don’t really care about my stats. I haven’t looked at them the whole year. My concern is for the overall team. All I care about is winning games and helping the team. Individual performance is not my focus.”
Final senior stats: 1 interception/4 sacks/5 tackles for loss.
Williams reports a 3.5 core GPA and a 1650 SAT score (new version).