Williams' dream realized

There was a time when DeShawn Williams could only dream of suiting up for the Clemson football team. This summer, that dream has started to become a reality.

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It began with his father, Ronald Williams, who rushed for 1,824 yards as a Tiger from 1990-92 and continued as he watched fellow Daniel standouts like Jarvis Jenkins and DeAndre Hopkins switch from the Daniel blue to the Clemson orange.

Though Williams won't enroll in class until July, he's participated in offseason workouts since June 6.

"It didn't really hit me until midway through my first week when I was in the locker room getting dressed with my teammates. I was like, ‘Yeah, I'm a D-1 football player.' I'm getting used to it now," he recently told CUTigers.com.

"Because, at the end of the day, you've just got to be humble and not let it get too much to your head."

At Daniel High School, which sits just over five miles from Clemson's Memorial Stadium, Williams totaled 291 tackles, 54 tackles for loss and 14 sacks.

Those stats meant nothing the minute he suited up for his first workout as a Tiger.

"The first week, like every other person that comes in that early, it was a lot," Williams said. "In my first week, I had to get adjusted to it. My second week came in and I did well. My third week, I had to push harder to show my teammates that I can play at this level."

When practice gets cranked up in early August, he'll be among several underclassmen competing for time along the defensive line.

"I'm ready to take the challenge" Williams said. "I showed them I've got quick feet and quick hands. Brandon Thompson likes that.

"I'm just ready to put on the pads and man up to play football. That's why they chose me to come here and be a part of this great defense."

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