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2024 Edge Target Mylachi Williams Serious About Notre Dame

February 14, 2023

Mylachi Williams‍ may not know as much about Notre Dame as his head coach at Monsignor Bonner, but the 2024 Philadelphia edge defender knew enough to be fired up about the offer he received from the Irish last week.

“He's very excited about it,” Monsignor Bonner head coach Jack Muldoon said. “When a kid gets an offer from some of these schools; from Penn State and Texas A&M and then you get one from Notre Dame, it's a head-turner.

“He doesn't say a whole lot, but I could tell he was really, really excited about it.”

A lifelong Irish fan, Muldoon was excited as well.

“Since I was out of the womb,” Muldoon says of his Notre Dame fandom. “I had two uncles who went to Notre Dame. I'm 65, so I went back to the days of sitting and watching the games on Sundays at my grandmother's, watching the replay with Paul Hornung and Lindsey Nelson. I am a true lifelong fan.”

Muldoon had the chance to meet Al Golden when the Irish defensive coordinator stop by the school during the evaluation period.

“A very nice man,” Muldoon said. “Wow, man, he commands a room.”

Defensive line coach Al Washington also made a strong impression during the phone call to offer Williams.

“They were very, very positive about Mylachi,” said Muldoon. “The phone call was great, Coach Washington was great. They basically told him how much they liked him, how much they wanted him to get out there.

“Coach Golden was great and so was Coach Washington. They were very positive and they definitely got his attention.”

The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Williams has seen his profile explode in recent weeks.

“A lot of this has happened in the last two or three weeks,” Muldoon said.

Prior to receiving the Irish offer, he was offered by several other schools, including Penn State, Pitt, Syracuse, Boston College, Duke, Texas A&M and Missouri.

Since the Notre Dame offer, he’s added Illinois, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Georgia.

“His film was really good,” his coach said. “Statistically, he had a great year. We play in a really good league. I think it's one of the top leagues in the state. He wound up as the league leader in sacks, second in tackles for a loss and had two interceptions.”

Muldoon’s staff plays Williams similar to the way the Irish use their Vypers.

“That standup rush end, but we would drop him off sometimes with a zone blitz,” he said. “He wears left tackles out, man. He just wears them out. He's relentless. I think the thing that's catching everybody's eye.”

Muldoon added that Williams is “a young junior” who won’t be 17 until next fall.

“He has a 255, 260-frame and he's got an 81-inch tip-to-tip reach,” the coach said. “That reach is what would be compared to a guy who's like 6-8. He's got really long arms and he works really hard.

“I know that working hard doesn't guarantee anything, but for a kid with that kind of talent, he's down on the field early. We pre-practice at 4:45. He's down there at 3:45. He's been coached really well by one of our guys who trains him and coaches him.”

According to his coach, when he’s not playing basketball, Williams spends the offseason in the gym, getting better.

“He got so much better with his get-off and with his hands,” Muldoon said. “He's really started to understand that part of the game and varying moves.

“But he's relentless. Every coach who has talked to me, they love his motor. They love his aggressiveness. He plays hard on every play. He'll track guys down. The upside is this is the kind of kid who can really get bigger and stronger. He's still not even closely as good as he can be.”

As of now, the plan is to try to get Williams to South Bend in April for the Blue-Gold Game.

“That's a tentative plan,” said Muldoon. “I don't know if he's going to try to get out before that or not.”

He’s already visited Temple, Rutgers and Penn State. In addition to Notre Dame, he’s likely to check out Texas A&M this offseason.

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