I-Team: Ishaq Williams’ Dad Spotted Wearing Notre Dame Hat

Ishaq will announce on Saturday and this seems to be a bad sign.

Was Ishaq Williams’ dad wearing a Notre Dame hat? Until this point, The Fizz had believed Syracuse’s biggest allies in the recruitment of Ishaq were his parents, both SU alumni. Word on the street would suggest otherwise.

Fizz reader Chris sent along this link from Irish Sports Daily, which has its feet on the ground at this week’s Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, where he will announce his decision on Saturday.

The news is not so good.

“One recruiting note: Shaun Williams, the father of Ishaq Williams was once again sporting a Notre Dame hat. I told him he looked good in the green and gold and he just looked at me with a big huge smile.”

That is startling. It’s the week of Ishaq’s D-Day and his pops is rocking an Irish lid?

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The Fizz will have daily I-Team reports all week leading up to Ishaq’s decision and be blogging live on Saturday during the All-American Bowl through his decision. Hit us up all week, refresh us all day Saturday and follow us on Twitter @orangefizz.

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Team Fizz isn’t ready to sound the Tobias Harris Panic Alarm just yet, but this can’t be a good thing. In an ideal world, you’d like to see the ‘Cuse alum rocking, well, an interlocking SU hat.

The rest of the report continued to build the Ishaq legend. He was said to have looked the best of anybody on the turf at defensive end in practice that day.

“[He] had a tremendous first practice. He was the most impressive end for the East squad, who is loaded at the position. Williams showed tremendous quickness off the edge. When he comes off well Williams has one of the best first steps in the country. On one inside one play during the inside run period, Williams actually got to the running back as he was receiving the handoff from the quarterback.”

This only confirms what we all knew; Williams is the real deal, and is the huge prize on Signing Day to either Notre Dame or Syracuse. The Fizz believes Penn State has been eliminated, but former Orange nemesis Brian Kelly and the Irish are certainly putting up a good fight.

Tick, tock, tick, tock. Saturday creeps closer with a potential turning point for SU football.

Posted: Ted Conroy

50 Comments on this Post

  1. A non-booster needs to overnight mail Ishaq Williams’ and his father, a box of assorted “Cuse” hats.

    Send a “I love NY” hat and some bumper stickers too.

  2. This can’t be good. Why would Ishaq profess that he will reveal his decision on the 8th, but have his Dad wear a Notre Dame hat the week prior? I don’t get it other than to think his Dad is telling the world “my son is going to Notre Dame, you don’t need to wait ’til the 8th to know this, people.”

    How can a New York recruit as big as this kid be allowed to slip away to Notre Dame? We finally have something in NY… not Florida, not Texas, but right here in our New York backyard, and he goes to Notre Dame? Come on you parents of Ishaq, you are supposed to be SU alumns, make your contribution for Christ sake. Every school asks alumns for donation dollars. This should be their donation, and I know it is ultimately Ishaq’s decision, but I am sure if the parents really wanted him to follow in their alma-mater-footsteps, he would.


    Anybody a rivals subscriber? Ishaq spoke about his decision, but I cant open it


  4. OrangeCrush22

    This is a disappointing article for ‘Cuse fans, but im not reading too much into it until he makes the announcement.

  5. GREAT NEWS! I’ve been keeping up on the Fizz’s Twitter feed (I hate Twitter and will never create my own feed, this is about as much Twitter as I can handle!) and IShaq’s Dad is wearing a Syracuse University hat!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great job Fizz, I feel so relieved today!!!

  6. Vito’s right! Dad wore the Notre Dame lid yesterday morning, a Yankee hat yesterday afternoon, and rocked the Orange lid this morning. Translation – the hats mean nothing, however if there’s no Penn State hat, that would confirm what we’ve already reported and that’s that it is indeed a two horse race!

    Stay tuned to Twitter for the latest I-Team coverage! http://www.twitter.com/orangefizz

  7. I predict Ishaq is coming to Cuse. Why? He plays on turf at least half a season, not counting away turf stadiums. Defensive ends thrive on turf, as did Freeney. This kid would be devastating to opponents in the Dome. Let’s hope everyone!

  8. Carlton

    ND already has 2 top 150 D-Ends committed in their recruiting class. I feel he’s going to go to SU.

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