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Oct. 15, 2012 Issue

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Georgia Defensive End Is Surprised By Notre Dame Visit PREP PROFILES great visit, and I was glad I got to go with Isaac," the 6-4, 245-pound four-star recruit said, not- ing that he played against Notre Dame standout sophomore defensive end Ste- phon Tuitt as a freshman in high school. "I really enjoyed watching the game Christian Academy junior Andrew Williams had been planning to get to Notre Dame's campus for some time with 2013 Irish defensive end commit and teammate Isaac Rochel l , but wasn't able to make the trip until the Irish faced Michigan Sept. 22. Despite being later than expected, the visit still had the same impact. "It was just a McDonough (Ga.) Eagle's Landing ANDREW WILLIAMS ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ Eagle's Landing Christian Academy 247Sports Ranking: No. 14 player in Georgia, No. 9 weakside defensive end in the land and No. 160 overall recruit in the country Class: 2014 Position: Defensive Line Ht.: 6-4 · Wt.: 231 McDonough, Ga. there," Williams said, adding that his recruiter, tight ends coach Scott Booker, was slated for a school visit Sept. 26. "They told me I was one of the top re- cruits for them for the class of 2014. They really like my hands, speed and size. "They think I could "They were really excited I was play a big part in their program. We're already talking about me getting back up there again." The country's No. and seeing the defense play live. [Senior linebacker] Manti Te'o put on a show, and the defensive ends were stunting and making plays out there also. I really liked watching them play." Williams — who also has offers in hand from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Texas, Virginia Tech and others after registering 10 sacks as a sophomore — was able to touch base with the coaching staff during the visit to see where he stands on the Irish re- cruiting board. expected to enjoy his time on campus based on what his teammate has shared with him about previous trips to South Bend, but his experience exceeded those expectations greatly. "It was a very big surprise," Williams 160 overall player ac- cording to 247Sports said. "I didn't know a whole lot about Notre Dame, but now I feel like I know a lot more. I love the way they've been playing this year, and I've been watch- ing them. "I really think they're one of my top options, and when it's all said and done, I think they will be one of my top schools." He plans on narrowing his list down to five by the end of his junior cam- paign. — Will Biggers and Jason Sapp

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