USC’s hot August recruiting continued Saturday afternoon with a commitment from DB Jamyest Williams (5-9 175), a native of Athens, who attends Grayson High School in Loganville. Williams was thought of by college recruiters as one of the top cornerback prospects in the country based on his offer list that includes Power 5 Conference programs from coast to coast. At the end of the process Williams narrowed his list to Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, Tennessee and the Gamecocks.
Williams made his decision known during an ESPN interview at his football field prior to his team’s game tonight with IMG Academy of Bradenton, FL which ESPN2 televised.
Williams made several visits to USC during the recruiting process and the Gamecocks gained traction with him thru each visit. But he was already familiar with Will Muschamp and secondary coach Travaris Robinson because they recruited him when they were at Auburn. That carried over to USC when the new staff arrived and overcame the lack of interest from the previous staff.
“I just really believe in relationships,” Williams said. “It was hard, it was very hard choosing between Georgia and South Carolina. I just feel like I had a good relationship with coach Muschamp and coach T-Rob. I grew up in Athens and that’s all I know and I just felt it was best for me to experience some new things because I’ve been in Athens all my life.”
That being said, Williams isn’t ready to shut down his recruiting completely. Yes, he’s committed to USC but he does plan to take his other official visits at this point.
“I’m 95 to 100 percent committed,” Williams said. “I’m going to take all of my officials because I just want to get out and experience the free visits.” Williams did not say which other schools he will visit.
Last season Williams totaled 60 tackles and two interceptions. His reputation is that of a shutdown corner and he’s excited about the chance to show everyone his skills in the SEC.
“An explosive player who can make plays,” Williams said when asked what he will bring to the Gamecock secondary. “I think I can make a difference. A big difference.”
And now Williams plans to turn recruiter for the Gamecocks and said one of his targets for flipping is recent Clemson safety commitment AJ Terrell of Atlanta who had USC in his final three.
Williams joins OL TJ Moore of Charlotte, DE MJ Webb of Madison, GA and DB Hamsah Nasirildeen as highly recruited prospects to commit to USC in August.
Williams’ becomes the 22nd commitment for USC’s 2017 class and the sixth for the defensive backfield. He’s also the fourth from Georgia and the second from Athens.
Jamyest Williams discusses his commitment to USC