Williams living the dream

CENTRAL, S.C. – CUTigers.com's Hale McGranahan is traveling around the southeast visiting with some of the top college prospects in the country. Monday's stop? Right around the corner from Clemson, Daniel High School.

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Deshawn Williams could care less how many offers he has, just as long as he's got that one.

"I committed to the school I've always wanted to play for. My dad played for them, now I'm just living life," he said. "I know a lot of people would kill to be in my position, to have Clemson's offer.

"I took full advantage. I pounced on it right when they offered."

Williams was born and raised on Clemson football.


"He's got a great attitude. I told Clemson when they offered, he's got the hardest work ethic of any kid I've ever coached," Daniel head coach Randy Robinson said. (Hale McGranahan)
His father, former Tiger running back Ronald Williams, rushed for 1,824 yards during his three-year career (1990-'92). Not even a full day after Clemson offered him during camp last June, the younger Williams declared that he would follow in his father's footsteps. A rising junior at the time, Williams became the first member to join the 2011 class.

"Dabo is doing a good job. The other reason I committed to Clemson is because of coach (Dan) Brooks," he said. "I love him to death. When I went to that camp, we had a good relationship."

Despite the mail from Alabama, LSU, Miami, Florida State and Tennessee, he doesn't field any phone calls from coaches, outside of the ones from Clemson.

"I'm 100 percent with Clemson. Like Dabo says, I'm all in," Williams said.

He's pretty sure other offers haven't been extended because he's so solid with his commitment.

"They know that I'm going to stick with my decision, so I think they've got the idea that I'm going to stick with Clemson," Williams said.

Going to Clemson also provides him an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of former Daniel defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins. Jenkins, who's a senior this year, will leave behind the No. 99 jersey for Williams.


"I'm 100 percent with Clemson. Like Dabo says, I'm all in," Williams said. (Hale McGranahan)
"It's mind blowing. I used to look up, when I was a freshman, I would look at him at Clemson and think, ‘Man, I want to be just like him.' Now, I'm getting the opportunity to fulfill my dreams," Williams said.

Daniel coach Randy Robinson speaks highly of Williams' character off the field.

"He's got a great attitude. I told Clemson when they offered, he's got the hardest work ethic of any kid I've ever coached," Robinson said. "If you sit and watch film for four hours, he'll be in the film room. If you lift weights, he's in the weight room. He's that kind of kid. Clemson's got a real hard working kid who's going to continue to get better."

When it comes to Friday nights, when the lights are on, Robinson said Williams commands a double team.

"He's gotten so strong. He's got good leverage, play so well with his hands, he can get under people's pads and still make plays off people's double teams," Robinson said.

Williams is 10 pounds away from setting the school bench press record. Currently, he's maxed out at 375 pounds on bench press and squats over 600.

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