Notre Dame has an outstanding 2023 defensive line class and it's hoping to do the same in 2024. The Irish already have two talented players on the board, and they offered another one when Lee’s Summit (Mo.) North standout Williams Nwaneri received a scholarship offer.
The Missouri native is another example of a territory that the Irish staff hopes to continue to tap into.
Nwaneri is already considered one of the top defensive linemen in the 2024 cycle and has received excessive attention thus far. Despite that attention, Nwaneri was overly thrilled to have received the offer from Notre Dame. It was a unique experience for him.
“Coach (Al) Washington was the one who extended the offer to me,” Nwaneri said. “When I got the news I was happy and I really couldn’t stop smiling. This offer just felt a little different.”
For Nwaneri, it’s the full scope of the Notre Dame program that makes them special. It isn’t just football; it’s everything.
“I feel like they are one of the best programs in college football,” explained Nwaneri. “But I know that even if football doesn’t work out in the long run you’ll be fine because of how much of an academic school they are.”
He is excited to learn even more about the Notre Dame program. The contact has been limited up until this point but that looks to increase quickly.
“My recruitment has been going well so far,” Nwaneri explained. “I have a visit to Oregon at the end of this month. Right now I’m not sure about when I’ll be ready to close my recruitment but I’m excited to learn more about each program.”
Although a visit isn’t planned to Notre Dame yet, Nwaneri is absolutely excited to get up to South Bend to experience everything that the program has to offer. When asked about a potential trip to check out the Irish program, Nwaneri kept it short and sweet.
Nwaneri collected 43 total tackles, seven tackles for loss and five sacks as a sophomore. He also posted another 11 quarterback hurries while working from both defensive end and in the interior.
Nwaneri is currently well regarded from a recruiting ranking perspective. He peaks as the No. 17 overall player and No. 2 defensive lineman in the 2024 class according to On3. The 6-5, 240-pound defender is considered a four star recruit across the board. He currently sits as the No. 40 overall player on the On3 consensus board.
Despite just finishing up his sophomore year, Nwaneri already boasts an impressive offer list, including some of the power house programs in all of college football. Some of his notable offers include the Irish, Alabama, Georgia, Miami, Oklahoma, USC, Michigan, Texas A&M, Oregon, Nebraska, Michigan State, Iowa, Arkansas, Iowa State, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas State, Illinois, Vanderbilt, and Kansas among others.
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