C.J. Williams, a four-star wide receiver and the No. 86 overall player in the Class of 2022, committed to Notre Dame on Sunday live on CBS Sports HQ. Williams chose the Fighting Irish over finalists Alabama, Ohio State, Texas and USC.
Williams is a 6-foot-2, 193-pounder from football factory Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California, who is the 11th-ranked wide receiver and seventh-ranked player in the state of California, according to the 247Sports Composite. He has compiled 73 catches for 997 yards and nine touchdowns through three high school seasons.
Greg Biggins, national recruiting analyst for 247Sports, provided this scouting report on Williams.
"Smooth pass catcher who can line up at any of the receiver positions," Biggins wrote. "Very athletic frame with plenty of room to add good weight and strength. Gets off the line well and shows the short area quickness to separate. Not a burner but runs well enough to be a deep threat and get behind a defense and can also make a play after the catch. Advanced route runner who is smart and understands how to set up a corner, when to settle in to a zone and doesn't run himself out of being open. Natural pass catcher with good jump ball skills. Does a nice job winning 50-50 balls but can continue to improve strength and catching the ball through contact. Shows a nice upside and projects as a impact upper tier Power 5 starter and potential high round NFL draft pick."
Williams is the 21st player to commit to Brian Kelly's program during the current recruiting cycle, and his pledge boosts Notre Dame's class to No. 3 in the 247Sports Composite. Two-thirds of those commits (14) are four-star prospects in the 247Sports Composite.