NCF On The Trail: Jhonathon Williams

Mizzou commit flips to Notre Dame

November, 27, 2013
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When Notre Dame targets a Midwest prospect its success rate of landing that target is typically high. The Fighting Irish proved that again on Wednesday.

Defensive end Jhonathon Williams (Berrien Springs, Mich./Berrien Springs) flipped his pledge from Missouri to Notre Dame after mulling over a recent offer from the Irish.

"I really appreciate everything Missouri has done, and I respect them so much," Williams said via text message. "But at this point in time, it would be in my family's best interest for me to stay closer to home."

Williams had been committed to Missouri for quite some time, but the three-star defensive end lives roughly 30 minutes from South Bend and is familiar with the area.

He had started to pick up major interest after getting offers from Notre Dame, Michigan and Washington in recent weeks. Despite his father being a Michigan fan, the Notre Dame offer was the one that intrigued him the most.

Williams took a visit to Notre Dame and made his decision shortly after. He is commmit No. 20 for the Irish in the 2014 class and gives Notre Dame 10 commitments on defense.

Early Offer: Big week for Bama, Auburn 

November, 25, 2013
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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: With the newest edition of the BCS rankings released, we take a look at the biggest headlines of the top five teams from the recruiting trail.

Early Offer: Michigan quickly moves on 

November, 15, 2013
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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: After missing out on Da'Shawn Hand, Michigan didn’t waste time trying to fill its need at defensive end; can Texas become a factor for the nation’s No. 1 prospect?, and how many elite players are still up for grabs?

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U-M, UF regroup after Hand decision 

November, 14, 2013
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Some losses on the recruiting trail sting just as badly as a gut-wrenching defeat on the field.

Just ask the Michigan coaching staff after five-star defensive end Da'Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge) selected Alabama over Michigan and Florida on Thursday.

Hand’s decision to head to the SEC won’t cause the Wolverines’ class to be labeled a failure; it is ranked as the nation’s seventh best. But with Michigan projected to be in the driver’s seat for almost all of Hand’s recruitment and with a significant need at the strongside defensive end spot, his decision to commit to the Tide is a crushing blow.


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