Clemson has been hot on the trail of 2017 defensive end Jordan Williams out of Virginia for quite a while. The Frank Cox High School star has seen a veritable elite list of college teams lined up to offer him scholarships to their schools. Williams, who just made the trek through all the camp circuits, is now classified as a defensive end. His upside at the position is through the roof, and defensive coaches across the ACC and SEC are taking notice, evidenced by the offers starting to come forth. With an explosive first move and the strength to play the run, he's a perfect combination of speed off the edge and power to shut down the gaps. Think Shaq Lawson, folks, but he's actually stronger and more polished than Shaq was in high school. Coach Brent Venables is the recruiter of record here, and we asked Jordan about his recruitment. Here is a short Q&A we did with him.
CUTigers: What has Coach Venables told you with regard to the DE position at Clemson?
Jordan: “That they have a huge need for defensive ends.”
CUTigers: When do you plan on visiting Clemson again?
Jordan: “We haven't discussed it yet.”
CUTigers: In past trips to Clemson, what stood out most to you?
Jordan: "Just the facilities and the relationships I was able to build with all the coaches.”
CUTigers: What are you looking for in a school to further your education and football career?
Jordan: “I'm looking for a school that has a high success rate for my major in sports massage (physical therapy) and also a program that can help me greatly in my position and run a scheme that will help me be successful and get a shot at playing in the NFL.”
CUTigers: Who are your favorite NFL and college players, and who do you model your game after?
Jordan: Von Miller and J.J. Watt. I try and use Von Miller's speed and J.J. Watt's explosiveness and physicality.
Stay tuned, as we continue to monitor Williams's recruitment here at CUTigers.com, and don't forget to check the Recruiting Radar Screen forum for updates!