Williams, who has already signed a letter of intent, had originally had committed to Clemson last Febuary but could not enroll because of grades. However, as late as December, he stated he was still strongly committed to Clemson before signing with Michigan State.
Williams at 6-foot-2 175-pounds, is a speed merchant having run a timed 4.48 in 2004 at the Nike Combine in Atlanta. At that same event, he shocked people with a camp best shuttle time of 3.97. This past December, he decided to run in Fork Union's Combine, and ran a blistering forty time of 4.34. Obviously, this guy can run a little bit.
Playing for Leon High School in Tallahassee, Florida, Williams caught 45 passes for 1000 yards and eleven touchdowns as a senior in 2004. He also added 42 yards per kickoff return. Playing defensive back at Leon, he registered 24 tackles and three interceptions. He also ran track in high school.
TJ was also productive at Fork Union this past year, as he caught 22 passes for 400 yards and seven touchdowns.
Williams is know for his great quickness and good route running ability. Although he was rated with great hands at Nike, it's still an area than needs work as he is prone to drop a pass or two.
However, Williams is confident of his ability as he previously told Scout.com's Chad Simmons, "I make plays," said Williams. "I can beat anyone deep at any time."
Among those offering Williams were Clemson, Georgia, Auburn, Louisville, N.C. State, South Carolina, and East Carolina. In fact he had over 10 offers including MSU, and he received interest from FSU, Florida, and Miami. He camped at Georgia and LSU, and did some summer 'one on one' drills with FSU players. Here's a guy that wants to improve.
The commitment to MSU is somewhat of a surprise as his Leon teammate, and close friend, Quentez Ruffin committed to Clemson. Williams originally chose Clemson for that reason, the chance to play early, the open offense, and to wear the No.1 jersey. There will be plenty of early playing time and an open offense at MSU, but John L. Smith has abandoned the No.1 jersey for the sake of team unity. But obviously that is not a factor for TJ anymore.
Louisville was also thought to be a possible choice since he went to school and ran track with two players for Louisville in William Gay and Kolby Smith. However, in the end, TJ Williams wanted ot be a Spartan and saw the opportunity to be productive in the green and white.
My take is Williams is a burner that will play on offense as a big play threat. He runs good routes, and the shuttle time indicates he might be pretty good in traffic and changing on a dime. I look for him to play early and be productive in the spread offense.