Williams returning home

Redshirt freshman cornerback Jerrodd Williams will transfer to Clemson from Virginia Tech this January.

He'll walk-on to the football team and pay his way through school during the first year, but will have a chance to earn a scholarship during his final two seasons of eligibility.

Two weeks ago, Williams was granted his full release from the football team at Virginia Tech.

A Management major, Williams remains in school at Virginia Tech until classes are finished in December. He will then enroll at Clemson in January.

"After this semester is over with, I'll be enrolled and going to Clemson, pretty much picking up where I left off at Virginia Tech, just at a different school," he said.

Per NCAA transfer rules, Williams will not be eligible to play football until the 2012 season.

"I just wasn't happy up here. I just didn't like how some of the things were going," he said. "I figured I would transfer while I still have my eligibility left.so I just wanted to go on and jump on that before my time ran out."

Williams said Clemson was the only school that he considered when looking transfer options.

The Daniel High School product was a ranked by Scout.com as the No. 74 cornerback in the class of 2009. He was rated with three stars.

Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Georgia and West Virginia offered out of high school.

He said Clemson's courtship didn't last very long.

"I really didn't give Clemson a chance, because they were so close to home," Williams said. "I really didn't give them a chance or look at them. They really weren't in the picture."

During his time on the Hokie football team, Williams played both boundary and field cornerback, but never played a snap on defense.

As a senior at Daniel, he broke up 10 passes and had three interceptions. Williams returned 12 kicks for 312 yards and a touchdown. He also returned 11 punts for 175 yards and a score.

In the Shrine Bowl, he put the seal on South Carolina's victory over North Carolina with a 59-yard interception return for a touchdown.


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