DE Jordan Williams of Virginia Beach, VA Saturday afternoon announced a commitment to Clemson picking the Tigers over Virginia, Virginia Tech and Tennessee. Williams never publicly identified a favorite during the recruiting process but as it turns out he’s been silently committed to the Tigers for weeks.
“I remember one day I came home after practice or workouts or something and I was like mom, dad, I want to be a Clemson Tiger,” Williams said Saturday night. “At first, they didn’t believe me, said I was just talking to them about, and then I was like no, I’m serious, I really want to do this. I told coach Venables what was on my mind and he loved it, he was fired up to know I was feeling that way.”
Williams told Dabo Swinney about his feelings as well and the Tigers head coach wasn’t quite as sure about it because he could hold a spot for Williams and turn away others only to see Williams commit somewhere else. But Williams eventually calmed Swinney’s concerns.
“I went down to The Opening and I was with (Clemson commitments) Hunter Johnson, Tee Higgins, Amari Rodgers and Matt Bockhorst. I was able to talk to those guys and I Facetimed coach Swinney while I was there and I told him then again I’m shutting down all my visits and I’m ready to be a Tiger. After that, he was like, ‘The next step is the cookout and look me in my eye and shake my hand, man to man you’ve got to tell me.’ Of course, I did that at the cookout recently here. I’ve been loyal to the school. I haven’t taken any other visits that they haven’t known about. I’ve stayed straight up with them the entire time. I done with visits for now and I’m 100 percent with Clemson. I’m all in.”
Williams is regarded as one of the top defensive end prospects in the country and is coming off a season of 55 tackles and 11 sacks. The Tigers have a need at defensive end for the future and Williams said it is clearly the right place for him.
“I felt like Clemson was great overall package and the best fit for me and my family,” Williams said. “They have a great academic program. They have a lot of successful defensive linemen and develop them into great young men. I feel like they’ll be able to do the same for me.”
Williams gives Clemson two defensive ends in the 2017 class at this point and 12 commitments overall.