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Four-star cornerback/safety Michael Williams (5-10.5, 187, 4.5), from St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura (Calif.), said that Notre Dame and Michigan lead Northwestern, Oregon, Arizona and Arizona State (all have offered).

"Some mornings I wake up and think I should choose Notre Dame, other mornings I think I should choose Michigan. Notre Dame has recruited me so hard--and just because of that, they probably have the slightest lead over Michigan," said Williams, who is Scout.com's No. 5 CB.

 

"Notre Dame wants me as a cornerback, but they said I could play safety too. I believe position takes precedence over the school, and safety is much more fun to play because I get to come up and hit people--it's the position with the harder bang. The one thing that stands out about the Irish is their school spirit.

 

"Michigan does seem like more of a fun place, and they did offer me first. But the thing I love most about the Wolverines is their defensive coordinator/safeties coach, Ron English, and their head coach (Lloyd Carr). Coach English knows more about football and defense and everything else than anyone I've ever met," he said.

 

"Northwestern came into my top five or six because I visited there and met the new head coach (Pat Fitzgerald). He was a really nice guy who knew what he was talking about. I liked his philosophy--to encompass football in relationships…but his words were better than that," Williams said.

 

"Arizona and Arizona State are generally nice schools, and Oregon has the resources because Nike sponsors the campus. Cal Berkeley was my newest offer, but then they don't talk to me--it's really weird.

 

"Out of my favorites, I've only visited Notre Dame, Michigan and Northwestern. I don't know when I'll commit because I haven't decided which school I'm going to go to yet. But I'll probably take official visits and then decide after my football season," Williams said.

 

He reports a 3.5 core GPA and awaits his June 3 SAT score.

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Hopefully we open the gap on scUM...a good season and official visit will definitely be huge in landing him. It seems like he could play both positions and has the potential to be successful at both, but if CW wants him at CB then it sounds good to me. Recruiting him will probably be a pretty delicate situation, if we bring in another safety prospect he might not like that because he may think that we're not planning on giving him a shot at it, but if CW wants him at CB then we still need to bring a guy in to play S.

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I wouldn't really take any comfort or discomfort out of those quotes. Once again, his recruitment by ND has been front and center (at least much more than that of Michigan). Kinda sounds a lot like the Marc Tyler situation. Not so much that Williams is leading one way or the other but more so from the aspect of him having to show love to ND because of how "hard they have been recruiting him."

 

Now I don't think the kid really knows where he wants to go and is probably 50/50 with no real leader. But, he likes our school spirit and the possibility that he can play safety versus the campus/surroundings and the coaches at Michigan. Michigan has gained a lot ground and has to be considered as the one with the momentum.

 

I know to whcih school I'd be leaning to if I were a 17-18 year old kid choosing between those two assessments.

 

As I said on the last Michael Williams post, I'm worried. When you go from a pretty clear leader to where we are now, you'd being ignorant if that doesn't worry you.

 

We better hope Lloyd and Mr. English are gone at the end of this season.

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Coach English knows more about football and defense and everything else than anyone I've ever met," he said.

i find it hard to believe that anyone knows more about football than CW. did you happen to see the first drive of last years game.

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Michigan has always produced great players (all around), they just can't produce quality wins.

Last year was rough for them, that is obvious, but don't expect scUM to pack it up and call it quits. They still beat PSU last year, and we have been trading wins and loses with them for the last couple seasons. Lets face it, we were pretty lucky to come out of the Big House last year with a win, if Ndukwe hadn't come up with Henne's fumble the game would probably have tuned out differently. Not trying to sound like a pessimist but they will probably give us a game this year, but considering that we were able to beat them last year in, the second game of the season?...we should be able to repeat and make it two years in a row.

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Michigan has always produced great players (all around), they just can't produce quality wins.

 

Nicely stated, IrishGuy. I suspect OSU fans are rolling on the floor in agreement.

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ND3 They still beat PSU last year, and we have been trading wins and loses with them for the last couple seasons.

 

Correct me if I am wrong, but haven't the Irish won 3 out of the last 4 or something like that?? Go Irish

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... Last year was rough for them, that is obvious, but don't expect scUM to pack it up and call it quits. They still beat PSU last year, and we have been trading wins and loses with them for the last couple seasons. Lets face it, we were pretty lucky to come out of the Big House last year with a win, if Ndukwe hadn't come up with Henne's fumble the game would probably have tuned out differently. Not trying to sound like a pessimist but they will probably give us a game this year, but considering that we were able to beat them last year in, the second game of the season?...we should be able to repeat and make it two years in a row.

 

I agree 3!

 

UM's record was deceiving last year. They got beat in a number of games but they played close. Check the scores of those games. They lost with a fumble here, a pick there, a missed tackle, or kick. They weren't losing 37-0.

 

If they executed a little better, not a lot, they would have had a good season. If Schwapp didn't stick the ball out at the goal line or Quinn doesn't hit a Spartan defender in the chest with a pass inside the ND 20, and the Bush Push is called correctly, ND would have been 11-0. Even the OSU despite the 600 yards of offense came down to 4 plays. If ND executes better on those plays, different story. The point is despite the "W"s and "L"s, execution matters.

 

The wolverweasels have talent and they have capable coaches. I believe we have a superior coaching staff and a better TEAM. But it would be foolish to write UM off based on last season.

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