Williams looks forward to the future

Jalen Williams didn't have a problem with the greyshirt offer Clemson sent his way last summer.

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At the very least, he appreciated the honest approach that Dabo Swinney and Brent Venables took during his recruitment.

"That's what I liked about Clemson, they were straight-forward with me," Williams said, while recently speaking with CUTigers. "They didn't tell me I had a spot in the fall and I really didn't."

If a scholarship opened up, there was a possibility that Williams could enroll with the rest of the 2014 signing class, the majority of which arrived to campus over the weekend.

Instead, he'll move to Clemson in January.

"Between now and January, I'm about to just move into the weight room," he said. "The way I see it is they gave me six months just to lift weights. Six months to lift weights and run, when I come in January, I envision myself looking like I've been in the program already for a whole year.

"Six months of nothing to do but working out and running, I live for that. I love the weight room, now I've got six months to do it. I feel like I'm going to come in and blow up."

Williams will enroll at Midlands Tech in the fall, where he'll take, at most, two classes. Adding a part-time job could also be in the cards.

One thing is for certain, Williams is looking forward to keeping track of the 2014 Clemson football team.

"I feel like we're going to have a great year," he said, "Especially considering the fact that we've got so many great players coming back on defense.

"I know, this year, we're probably going to have the best d-line in the country, hands down. Our whole d-line is coming back. We've got Grady Jarrett holding down the line. Vic Beasley, he's a superstar, he's a baller. I like Grady Jarrett holding it down at nose guard.

"We've got Stephone Anthony and Tony Steward back there. We've basically got our whole secondary coming back besides Bashaud Breeland, so I feel like we're going to be pretty good, especially with our front seven, because they're going to put so much pressure on the QB, it will make things easier for our secondary."

As a senior at Blythewood High School, Williams had 101 tackles and nine tackles for loss.

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