Charlie Weis has proven that he'll put the ball in the air on offense. In order to continue down that path the Irish will need some top playmakers at wide receiver. Malcolm Williams (6-2.5, 205 pounds) is one of the top prospects in Texas and the Notre Dame staff is aware of him.
"They've been sending a little bit of mail," Williams responded when asked if the Irish staff had been recruiting him. "I'd say three to four letters a week.
"I would really like to play for Notre Dame. It's a real good school. I watched them play a lot last year. I like their style of play. They get the ball out to everybody, and everybody can make a play. I like the style of offense they play."
Besides Notre Dame, Williams is being recruited by some of the top programs in the country.
"Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Texas, Florida, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Miami," Williams listed as the schools that were recruiting him. "Most schools are recruiting me as a wide receiver except Miami, they're recruiting me as a safety.
"My top five is between Florida, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Notre Dame. Texas A&M is my only offer."
Williams is the type of athlete schools love. He's a playmaker on offense, but he also has ideal size and mentality for a college safety.
"I'm really a defensive-minded player and I love hitting people," Williams said of playing defense. "I like being able to cover good players that are known for their offense. Playing against good players makes me play better. I like playing against people that are as good or possibly better then me, it just makes me player harder and I love being out there."
Williams likes defense, but there is always a "but".
"But I just love offense," he said. "There's something about offense… I don't know what it is. I just love offense. Being able to get the ball, make plays and make stuff happen. It's up to you to make something happen. You have to execute and make the play."
As a junior, Williams had 17 catches for 284 yards and four touchdowns in six games before suffering a foot injury. Those aren't all-world stats, but college recruiters obviously love his upside.
"I guess they see the potential," Williams responded when asked what colleges coaches saw in him as a player. "In the games they did see, they saw the potential that I can be better if I work."
Williams is going to be busy the next several months. In addition to attending the Scout.com combine in Waco, Texas, he will make his way to some college camps and juniors days.
"Right now I'm probably going to go to the three Texas camps," Williams said. "Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech. I might go to another camp but I'm not sure right now.
"I'm going to the next Texas junior day, I can't make this one," he added.