The Notre Dame Fighting Irish gained a commitment on Thursday night from a player they feel could be the running back of the future. Recruit Kyren Williams of St. John Vianney High School in St. Louis pledged to the program, announcing his decision during a commitment ceremony at his high school.
Despite offers from a handful of programs, Williams chose the Fighting Irish. He made the decision following official visits to Missouri (June 1) and the Notre Dame campus (June 15). Michigan also was a finalist for Williams, who is considered the No. 23 running back in the Class of 2019 by the 247Sports.composite.
“[Coach Brian Kelly and I] got to talk multiple times,” Williams told 247Sports’ Tom Loy following the Notre Dame visit. “His message was about how I fit in as a Notre Dame guy, and he let me know how valued I am on campus and with this team. He was also touching on life after football.”
As a junior at St. John Vianney, Williams recorded 22 touchdowns and 922 rushing yards on 119 carries, an impressive 7.7 yards per carry. Despite being recruited as a running back, he also registered 37 tackles and 4 interceptions and was the team’s punter.