The rich got richer on Wednesday when the No. 1-ranked recruiting class in the 2024 cycle added another top target to its commit list. Glen Ellyn (Ill.) Glenbard South four-star receiver Cam Williams committed to Notre Dame over Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Cincinnati and many others.
This was yet another big win for head coach Marcus Freeman, offensive coordinator Tommy Rees and receivers coach Chansi Stuckey. The Fighting Irish extended an offer on May 5, hosted him for camp this summer, made it clear that he was going to be a coveted, top target until he was ready to decide, and the 6-2, 185-pounder wasted very little time shutting down his recruitment and picking Notre Dame.
“When I was looking at them more in-depth, it was just a place that I felt I belonged,” said Williams. “All the right buttons were being pushed and all the right switches were being clicked and they flipped at the right time. It made me realize it was the place.”
Receivers coach Chansi Stuckey was extremely impactful here. The two hit it off from day one.
“Ever since I met him, we kind of just clicked,” said Williams of Stuckey. “We spent a day together and other time together when I have been down there and he’s someone that wouldn’t mind being coached by. On and off the field, he’s just as great as a guy… He’s kind of a loose, good guy. He has a great demeanor to him. You can tell he loves the games just like I do. It also seems he’s really willing to teach it too, in a way that I like. It’s just kind of his whole demeanor that fits who I want to be coached by.”
Offensive coordinator Tommy Rees, as expected, played another big role in getting Williams comfortable with a future in South Bend.
“Well, for one, he obviously did a good job of getting CJ Carr,” said Williams with a laugh. “That was a big reason for this. So, pat on the back to him. But it’s also a lot of the same as with Stuckey. He just gave me the right vibes where I felt like I belong there.”
Notre Dame secured a five-star quarterback commit in the 2024 class in CJ Carr. He and Williams have a good friendship at this point and that made an impact here.
“Obviously everybody knows he’s a great quarterback,” said Williams. “Ever since we’ve been in contact, I could just tell he’s a dude. I love to be around him and I’d have no problems with going through an experience at Notre Dame with him. Us being in the same class just makes it that much better.”
Last but certainly not least, head coach Marcus Freeman is someone that Williams has great respect for and he’s excited about their future together.
“After talking with him for some time, I just like how he goes about things. He really cares about hte team and the tradition and bringing back more tradition to Notre Dame. I could tell he wants to win,” said Williams. “I can tell after talking with him, the team and the program is really important to him. To me, that’s an instant liking for me.”
Williams went beyond just the typical research of picking a school. He listened to the current players and coaches about Notre Dame, but he took it a step further and reached out to alumni that he knows and got their take on what it’s like at Notre Dame. That helped a great deal as well.
“I had gotten in contact with some people who are alumni from there. This was a while ago, but they’re still active with the school today,” said Williams. “Just talking with people associated with the school helped with my decision because they gave me the necessary insight that I needed. After talking with them, I was just hooked on knowing that was the spot.”
Williams now turns from recruit to recruiter. He’s still figuring out who to target, but there is one five-star receiver he wants to play with.
“I’ll probably start looking at that stuff soon. Obviously CJ knows most of the dudes,” said Williams. “But I’m seeing guys like [five-star receiver] Ryan Wingo and then other guys that are Crystal Ball’d to Notre Dame. You always want to be surrounded by the best talent possible, so if I can do any sort of contribution to get those dudes over here, that’s what I’ll do.”
247Sports National Analyst Allen Trieu believes Notre Dame landed a very good player on Wednesday. He shared some quick thoughts about the newest addition to the program.
“Cam is one of the best receivers in the Midwest in the 2024 class,” said Trieu. “He has been a playmaker on Friday nights, where his length and catch radius, along with speed have made him a big play threat. As we have had more of a chance to see him in camp settings, we can see that his burst and twitch allow him to create separation as a route runner. This is a really nice early get for the Irish as he was covered by a lot of good programs regionally.”