2012 Intro: Phillip Williamson

DURHAM, N.C. --- Inside Carolina profiles junior Phillip Williamson, a 6-foot-2, 191-pound safety from Jordan High School.

Scouting Report

"Phillip is a big body," Jordan head coach Mike Briggs said. "He's athletic, he has very good size, and he's physical. So he's not afraid to hit – contact does not bother him at all.

"He seems to be able to find the ball. If there's a fumble on the ground, he's going to be one of the first ones to get to it. If the ball is in the air and he's anywhere around it, he has a chance of getting the ball.

Prep Career

Despite sharing a secondary with North Carolina signee T.J. Thorpe, Williamson led Jordan in interceptions with six in his first season in the system. He also totaled 127 tackles.

"I'd say more often than not, we rolled him up to the line-of-scrimmage as a strong safety – as opposed to back there as a free," Briggs said.

Williamson also had four touchdowns at wide receiver, while playing in a limited capacity.

"I'd love to have him playing on both sides of the ball, but that's kind of taxing to him" Briggs said. "When we do put him out there [at receiver], he's a threat, because teams know he can catch the ball and he breaks tackles."


Williamson has a verbal scholarship offer from Duke, and is receiving significant interest from Auburn, Clemson, UNC, UCLA, and Wake Forest.

"Most of the ACC schools have expressed some interest," Briggs said. "… Every school that comes in here to talk has his name and they know him."

Williamson has made several trips to Duke. He has also visited Auburn and UNC (football game against NC State). This summer, he plans on camping at Duke, UNC, and Wake Forest.

Although he grew up a UNC fan, Williamson is favoring its ACC rival Duke.

"Duke is the top school in the nation [academically] and 14th in the world," Williamson said. "After football, I'll have something to fall back on because of the degree I have."

Williamson says he's receiving looks for safety, wide receiver, and outside linebacker.

"He might be able to play some outside linebacker," Briggs said. "… He has a frame where he could put on a lot more weight. So I wouldn't be surprised if somebody would take a chance on him at outside linebacker. In fact, I could see him being more successful as an outside linebacker than I do as a safety in college. It's not bad, but he would need to pick his speed up for safety."

Extra Notes

Around Thanksgiving of his sophomore season, Williamson moved to Durham from LaVergne, Tenn. because of his father's job. He is originally from Durham and lived in Tennessee for four years… Williamson is the sixth man on Jordan's basketball team and a part of its conference champion track and field team. In track, he's part of the 4x100 relay.

Video provided by Jason Pughe of AthleteVault.com.

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