Williams Is a Difference Maker

Mississippi Delta CC (Moorhead, MS) 4-star defensive tackle Jonathan Williams committed to the Mississippi State Bulldogs back in March, but after making a surprise visit to South Carolina last weekend, the standout defensive lineman had a change of heart and signed a letter of intent with the Gamecocks on Wednesday afternoon.



The 6'4, 275 pound Williams, who hails from Augusta, GA, has not been available for comment since his visit to USC last weekend, but distance from home is thought to be a major factor in his decision to play for the Gamecocks. Williams will enroll at South Carolina in January, and he will be able to take part in spring practice.

Coach Rod Gibson, who was Williams' position coach at Mississippi Delta, believes that Williams is special person both on and off the field.

"Aside from playing football, he's just a tremendous kid," said Gibson. "He just has great quality. You don't find too many people now-a-days that have quality like that. He has great leadership and character. He's a leader on and off the field, and he's meant a whole lot to our program. It's tough to lose a person like him."

Gibson also believes that Williams, who was a first team all-state selection in the Mississippi JUCO ranks this season, has all of the tools to be successful as a defensive lineman in the rugged SEC.

"He plays with a high motor. He's got a few things he needs to work on as far as playing on the next level, but he's a tremendous talent. If he gets some quality coaching when he gets to the next level, then he's going to be pretty good."

Scout.com Mississippi recruiting analyst Steve Robertson has had the opportunity to scout Williams several times in his two seasons with the Trojans, and he believes that Williams will make a definite impact at South Carolina.

"Jonathan Williams is a difference maker. He is a guy that plays hard on the edge. He's big enough that some time in the weight room could help him move inside depending on the needs of the program. He just harasses the quarterback. If he doesn't make the play, he puts enough pressure into forcing them into a mistake," said Robertson. "We've got several video clips on him, and you can see that he's good against the run and against the pass. I like the kid a lot. I think that he is certainly worthy of the (4-star) ranking that we gave him. If I was building a defensive line, he's one of the first guys that I would pick if I was going from the JUCO ranks. He's a guy that can really get after it. He has a strong motor, and he's physical, physical, physical."

Robertson echoed the comments made by Gibson, stating that on top of his talents on the field, Williams is a first class individual off the field.

"He's a great kid. He's got a good head on his shoulders. He's got good southern values, and his family means a lot to him. He's not a kid you're going to read about in the newspaper. He's a kid that's going to work hard and take care of himself. He's a guy that's a mid-term graduate, and that shows that he has some discipline. He's getting out early, and will be in there for spring practice. He's just a motivated person."

Williams becomes the Gamecocks 24th commitment in the 2007 recruiting class.

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