Evaluating Garrett Williams

Scout.com National Recruiting Chad Simmons weighs in with his thoughts on four-star tight end commitment Garrett Williams.

TE Garrett Williams Profile

After attending the Nike Football Training Camps in Orlando and South Florida earlier this spring, Simmons said Williams was the best tight end he saw at the two camps.

On Tuesday, CUTigers spoke with Simmons to get an in-depth look at what kind of a player Clemson is getting in Williams, who's ranked by Scout.com as the No. 11 tight end prospect in the class of 2015.

"I think Williams is a good athlete, a kid that probably could play defensive end, tight end or H-back, could be recruited to play all of those positions in college," Simmons said. "He's a physical kid that has good pop when he hits defenders, to be a blocker.

"He has fairly long arms and gets good extension. He plays in a run-heavy offense, but he's shown in multiple camps -- very strong hands, a fairly natural receiver of the football, a kid that gets in and out of his breaks well for a tight end/H-back type.

"Not the real hybrid-down the field-stretch the field tight end, but a kid I think is sneaky fast, sneaky quick, a guy that can get some separation, a guy that can make some plays in the passing game. I think it's a good fit. I think he's a very balanced kid that knows how to block, can be an in-line blocker, can get out and catch the football and move the chains.

"He's a hard worker, physically fit. He has the frame to probably add another 20-25 pounds as well."

According to his profile, Williams checks in at 6-4, 225 pounds.

"I think he's definitely a guy that can play off the tackle with his hand down or flex out. He's versatile enough and athletic enough to be used with his hand in the dirt as an in-line blocker or goal line situations, run downs," Simmons said. "You can also flex him out against a linebacker in the passing game. I think you can utilize him in multiple ways in Clemson's offense, which is more of a spread, fast-paced offense. I think you'll see him more standing up at the beginning of his career, more of a pass catcher."

Simmons added, "He may run a 4.9 40, in that range, but I think he's sneaky fast, can really be a mismatch issue for some bigger linebackers."

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