Recruiting Update: Troy Williamson

The list of speedsters taking a close look at the Clemson Tigers continues to grow with this dynamite wide receiver. Some experts project him as defensive back in college, while others say he could be a top wide receiver for any Division 1-A program. Either way, this fine student-athlete has as much speed as anybody in the southeast.

Silver Bluff WR Troy Williamson (6'2, 195) has been shredding opposing defenses since early last season. In fact, he even dominates his own team in practice.

When the Bulldogs do their 50-yard end-of-practice sprints, Silver Bluff Head Coach Al Lown makes Troy give the team a 10-yard head start just to keep it close. You see, he'll catch every single player except for the other two starting backs, and they'll only wind up beating him by 2 or 3 yards.

In other words, he's got speed to burn, and he's demonstrated that fact on and off the football field. Williamson is one of the state's fastest players, if not the fastest (documented under a 4.4 40-yard dash). He won the state 2A 100 meters championship and was second in the 200 meters. He has also been an all-state peformer in track for 3 straight years. Don't be fooled into thinking he is only a track guy though. Troy squatted over 410 lbs this past year and is considered to be a very tough football player.

In terms of offers, Troy has official offers from Clemson, South Carolina, Auburn, and Georgia Tech. He has already set up official visits with Clemson and South Carolina for January 12 and January 18 respectively. Tennessee and Florida State figure to be two more programs that will make some noise for Williamson before signing day.

Last season, Troy Williamson caught 38 passes for 690 yards and rushed for over 1200 yards. All in all, he accounted for 22 touchdowns while helping lead Silver Bluff to the AA State Championship.

This season on the ground, Williamson has 27 rushing attempts for 385 yards (14.3 average) and 4 touchdowns. Through the air he has 8 catches for 234 yards (23.2 average) and 5 scores. Simply put, he is an offensive machine for a team that continues to steam-roll the competition. The Bulldogs have started the season an impressive 6-0 and currently have a 21-game winning streak dating back to two years ago.

Williamson is also a legitimate 6'2 and 195 lbs right now, and he's still growing. That means he will have a great chance of being a 6'3 and 210 lb WR after a couple years in a college weight room. Obviously, he has the opportunity to be the ideal size for a great wideout, and obviously he would be a great addition to the 2002 recruiting class.

Troy hasn't publically said who is favorite school is quite yet, but you can bet this battle could come down to two familiar foes, the Clemson Tigers and the South Carolina Gamecocks.

We will continue to keep you updated on Troy Williamson and the Silver Bluff Bulldogs throughout the season.


We'd like to think the folks over at Silver Bluff, namely Bob Rutland, for their contributions to this report. You can learn more about Troy Williamson and the outstanding program at Silver Bluff by going to their web site: www.silverblufffootball.com.

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