Notre Dame got a commitment from star linebacker Ishaq Williams from Lincoln High School in Brooklyn over the weekend because it outworked everyone, including Penn State, which was supposed to get a visit Saturday. instead, the Nittany Lions, formerly known as Linebacker U., got snubbed and stunned.
While Irish coach Brian Kelly and his staff earned the commitment by being there at four in the morning, one can only wonder why Penn State is asleep at the wheel as the entire recruiting world, and especially the recruits, say that the uncertainty of octogenarian coach Joe Paterno's future hangs over the program like a guillotine, especially with top recruiter Tom Bradley interviewing for every opening for a head coach.
Williams is a 6-6, 230-pound pass rushing phenom. Former Temple coach Al Golden and his top assistant Mark D'Onofrio went straight to Coney Island on their way to Miami, knowing that Williams is a difference maker. The Irish certainly have stepped up their game where it counts the most: recruiting. Forget the Sun Bowl win.
That's ancient history now and it was a walkover anyway because Miami, with a lame duck staff, quit before they even played the game. And the Irish had loads of talent this year, don't let anyone tell you differently.
The Irish had a terrible year, with no one else to blame.