The New Clemson Secondary

We now take a look at one of the most exciting athletes to have committed to the Tigers so far in the 2002 recruiting class, DB Buddy Williams. Williams promises to be a player that makes an immediate impact on the Clemson football program.

Judging by Buddy's current physique, you know that this kid has nothing but an upside to offer, and without question he represents the beginning of a new era in the Clemson secondary.

Larry Williams, otherwise known as "Buddy," committed to Clemson two weekends ago over Miami, North Carolina, Georgia and Syracuse. He was offered by all 5 schools.

Without question, Williams represents one of finest true cover corners that the Tigers have landed in the last 5 years, and he is already a full qualifier.

"It is just a very good situation for me there. I can get some early playing time. I am scheduled to visit Miami (1-18) and Georgia (1-25) but I will cancel those visits," said Williams after announcing his decision.

DB Larry Williams
Williams is a track athlete by nature, he runs the 400 meters in 49.9 and the 800 meters in 2:03 and he is also a member of the 4x800-relay team, and while that will help in terms of recovery speed in the defensive backfield, thats only part of what Buddy is all about.

He's strong for his size at 5'10, 175 lbs and before he steps foot on campus this fall, he'll have already benched over 250 lbs. Combine those numbers with legitimate 4.4 speed and you have the makings for a true freshman that will battle for some serious playing time early in his career.

Buddy is also a playmaker who was in on 83 tackles (51 Solos), forced six fumbles, recorded two fumble recoveries, and two interceptions, his junior year. This past season, he had 117 total tackles, three interceptions and two blocked field goals. Without question, Williams was one of the most exciting players in Florida this season.

He, along with fellow teammates Gavin Dickey, Greg Threat, and Pat Watkins, helped lead Lincoln High deep into the playoffs behind a 10-1 regular season record.

Williams was ranked as the #77 prospect overall in the state of Florida according to the Orlando Sentinal and has been named all-region each of the last two seasons while playing some at safety and but mostly at cornerback.

Make no mistake, Buddy Williams is one of the top prospects that can come in and help immediately in the 2002 class, and it will be great to see him in orange this fall. Top Stories