Williams breaks down his pledge

Jalen Williams is the most recent commitment to the Clemson football program. He talks about that decision and what the future holds.

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Williams, a senior at Blythewood, announced his decision to commit to Clemson last Friday at his school. For now, Williams is scheduled to join the Tigers in January of 2015.

Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Brent Venables played an important part in gaining that commitment.

"The decision was made, basically because of how high coach Venables thought of me and how high he is with coaches in the nation, especially with coaching linebackers," Williams said. "He's got some Dick Butkus Award winners. He's had some of the best linebackers. He's got some of the best linebackers in the nation this year with Spencer Shuey and Stephone Anthony. He's got great young guys like Ben Boulware."

That relationship between Williams and Venables was forged over the summer at the Dabo Swinney Football Camp.

"Really, at the camp, he just thought so highly of me when I was performing. He was telling me great things and we just had a connection. We hit it off," Williams said.

Later that summer, Venables gave Williams a greyshirt offer.

"Coach Swinney said it's a 90 percent chance that I may not have to greyshirt," Williams said.

But that's not why he decided to jump on the Tigers' offer.

"I really, kind of, had my mind made up going into the Wake Forest week," Williams said. "[Swinney] told me that when I was at the Wake Forest game."

What stands out about Clemson?

"It's one big community. Everybody there knows each other. It seems like they're all family."

And what can Tiger fans expect out of Williams?

"They can expect a player that's coming to work and not going to be satisfied with just being on the field. They can expect me to work the hardest and come out and get my starting spot on the team. I won't be out-worked."

So far this season, Williams has 60 tackles, six tackles for loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and an interception.

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