Update on Jan. 21 at 12:20 p.m. by Football Recruiting Editor Jason Sapp - The report you're about to read is from a recruit that BlueandGold.com has now learned never made it to South Bend for the visit...
Stanley Williams was glad to experience something new in South Bend this Saturday.
Monroe (Ga.) George Walton Academy junior running back Stanley Williams was excited to experience something new in the days leading up to his visit to Notre Dame this past Saturday. The Georgia commit came away impressed with the Irish program and enjoyed his experience in South Bend.
“The visit went great,” Williams said. “It was great to experience something new and different, and we had a great time at the game. I had been looking forward to it for a while, and it was great to just get out there and see a new place. I plan on getting up there a couple more times in the future.”
The 5-8, 189-pound four-star recruit was hoping to pick up an offer from Notre Dame during the visit. While that did not happen, he learned from tight ends coach Scott Booker, his recruiter for the Irish, that an offer would be on the way soon.
“We had a great talk,” Williams said. “They said I could be expecting an offer down the road and that I’d have the chance to come play for them and go to their school. It’s nice to know that I’ll have an offer on the way, so I’m just going to wait for that patiently. Coach Booker said that he would be coming back down to Georgia to see me again, so I’m looking forward to that.”
Even without an offer officially on the table, Notre Dame improved their standing with the talented ball-carrier after a successful visit to South Bend.
“Before I took the visit I was very interested in them since they were coming by my school and showing interest in me,” Williams said. “After taking the visit there, they are definitely high up there on my list and a factor in my recruitment. They’re definitely an option for me to go to. I’m just looking forward to continuing building our relationship.”
The Peach State standout is also entertaining offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, LSU, Oregon and South Carolina. And while he is still categorized as a Georgia commit, he is adamant about looking around before firmly deciding on a school.
“I’m definitely open to other schools right now,” Williams said. “A lot of schools are coming at me and that’s given me a lot to think about. I want everyone to know that I’m open and interested. I’m just trying to find the right fit.
“I’m just focused on taking visits and getting to know all the schools better. Before football starts back up again I should have a top five or seven.”
Williams plans on taking other visits to Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, North Carolina, Ole Miss and Tennessee.
Williams rushed for 1,958 yards with 24 touchdowns during his junior campaign. He is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 4 junior all-purpose back in the country, the No. 21 player in Georgia and the nation’s No. 202 overall player in the class of 2014.