The Notre Dame Fighting Irish got a verbal commitment today from 3 Star running back, Kyren Williams. The 5’10” 200 pounder from St. Louis chose the Irish over a long list of schools such as the Michigan Wolverines, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Stanford Cardinal, Missouri Tigers, and more.
Williams is a tightly put together running back with a ton of athletic ability that allows him to be used in the passing game as well. While there have been Theo Riddick comparisons, I have repeatedly compared him to Mike Hart (the helmet and number might be playing tricks with me though).
Kyren is the 15th commitment in this 2019 class, and the lone offensive skill position player (Quarterback Cade McNamara was the first, but decommitted a few months ago).
Williams was a priority target for the Irish staff and for Autry Denson. Notre Dame has him rated a lot higher than other running back that they have offered, and seemingly “slow-played” Cesare Mellusi into Clemson’s hands because of the value they place with Williams and his abilities.
As difficult as running back recruiting has looked to be for the Irish over the last couple of years, they may still want to add another running back to this class — although I don’t think it’s a priority.
The Irish will now concentrate on locking down a quarterback and a couple of wide receivers for this class. Some of that will have a bit of insight next month when a handful of targets are eying a July commitment date.
At any rate, you have to be impressed with this class and how the Irish are putting it together. The magic number that is being tossed around is “23” for class size. Williams commitment means that there is a possibility of about 8 more recruits from now until signing day.