LB Greg Williams (6-4 235) of Swansea committed Thursday night to Clemson via a phone call to head coach Dabo Swinney. He’s the first in-state prospect to commit to the Tigers for the 2019 class which now numbers 16.
Williams was a standout performer at one of Swinney’s camps earlier this month and earned an offer from the Tigers after that. He chose Clemson over offers from Missouri, East Carolina and Central Florida.
“I just realized that it was the best program close to home and it’s going to be a great opportunity because I like what the coaches said they want to do with me,” Williams said. “Coach Venables is going to work with me. We really haven’t decided if I’m going to play inside or outside yet. It’s probably going to be outside but I’m going to learn both so I can play both positions.”
Williams didn’t draw a lot of recruiting attention from nearby USC so getting the chance to play at Clemson allows him to stay in the state in a Power Five program, and he’s thankful for that.
“It feels good because I don’t have to go far to a program and go play when I can play for a great program close to home that competes in championships,” he said. “That’s the biggest thing. I can compete in championships every year. It’s great getting an opportunity to play for a team like that, especially that’s close to home.”
Williams is the third linebacker commitment for the Tigers’ 2019 class. He said he will sign in December but he will not graduate early.