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Irish Insights

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Notre Dame lands linebacker

Jhonny Williams, a linebacker from Berrien Springs (Mich.) High School, got the chances to remain close to home and jumped on it.

Williams orally committed to Notre Dame on Wednesday after previously committing to Missouri. The decision will keep the three-star prospect about 30 minutes from home.

"Never meant to confuse anyone or do things I don't mean," Williams wrote on his Twitter account. "But this is what's best for my family."

The 6-foot-6, 230-pounder is the 19th member of the Irish's 2014 recruiting class, and he joins Carroll standout Drue Tranquill, Greer Martini and Richard Yeargin III as linebackers in the class. Tranquill, who changed his commitment from Purdue to Notre Dame, could also play defensive back.

2014 Notre Dame oral commitments

Alex Bars, OL, 6-6, 290, Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville, Tenn.

Grant Blakenship, DE, 6-5, 230, The Colony, The Colony, Texas

Justin Bonner, LB, 6-3, 253, Parkway Central, Chesterfield, Mo.

Justin Brent, WR, 6-3, 193, Speedway, Indianapolis

Jimmy Byrne, OL, 6-4, 275, St. Ignatius, Cleveland

Matt Dickerson, DE, 6-5, 260, Junipero Serra, San Mateo, Calif.

Jay Hayes, DT, 6-5, 270, Poly Prep, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Cory Holmes, WR, 6-2, 174, St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

DeShone Kizer, QB, 6-4, 205, Central Catholic, Toledo, Ohio

Greer Martini, LB, 6-3, 230, Woodberry Forest, Woodberry Forest, Va.

Sam Mustipher, OL, 6-4, 286, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Olney, Md.

Quenton Nelson, OL, 6-5, 282, Red Bank Catholic, Red Bank, N.J.

Tyler Newsome, K/P, 6-3, 190, Carrollton High School, Carrollton, Ga.

Drue Tranquill, LB, 6-2.210, Carroll

Andrew Trumbetti, DE, 6-5, 249, Demarest, Demarest, N.J.

Nick Watkins, CB, 6-1, 185, Bishop Dunne Catholic, Dallas

Nic Weishar, TE, 6-5, 215, Marist, Midlothian, Ill.

Jhonny Williams, LB, 6-6, 230, Berrien Springs, Berrien Springs, Mich.

Richard Yeargin III, LB, 6-4, 225, University School of Nova South, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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