Williams has plenty to ponder

Blythewood High School senior linebacker Jalen Williams currently owns a greyshirt offer from Clemson.

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That could change into a standard offer down the road. But, for now, the Clemson coaches would like for him to join the Tigers in January of 2015.

He picked up the offer a few weeks after his strong showing at the Dabo Swinney Football Camp. Williams returned to Tigertown later in the summer for a visit.

On Saturday, he visited Clemson for the 2013 season opener against Georgia.

"It was real good. It was really exciting, a lot of people, GameDay, down there for my first college game. It was a great first game," Williams told CUTigers earlier this week.

The 6-foot, 215-pound linebacker "loved" everything about the visit.

"I loved seeing how big their fan base was, all the tailgaters," he said. "I saw a lot of people from my school, a lot of teachers up their tailgating. My principal has his own box there. They were telling me how great Clemson is and all that good stuff."

He heard from a couple of the coaches during the visit, including defensive coordinator Brent Venables.

"Coach Swinney gave a pre-game speech in the meeting room [and] then I talked to coach Venables," Williams said. "We bought dinner and ate on the third floor of the stadium. Coach Venables was in there. I talked to him."

Air Force and Appalachian State are among the schools that have standard offers out to Williams. Several other SoCon schools have also offered.

"I'm still thinking about it," he said. "I talked to coach Venables about two weeks ago and he just reiterated to me and made sure that I know the greyshirt is not in stone. It could change to a full 2014 offer."

Williams hopes to attend Appalachian State this weekend.

"I'm planning on going back to Clemson when the play Florida State," he said.

In the first game of his senior season, Williams had 10 tackles and two tackles for loss. But he only played in the first half of Bylthewood's 47-24 loss to South Pointe.

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