Jamire Williams Aims To Make Early Impact
Jamire Williams, who measures in at a solid 6'0" and 180 pounds, was rated by Scout.com as the #22 cornerback in America this past recruiting year, and he chose the Gamecocks over offers from perennial powers like Ohio State, Tennessee, Nebraska and others. Thus, it's no surprise that high expectations await Williams in Columbia, but the savvy cornerback says that he takes it all in stride and welcomes the potential to make an early impact.
"Steve Spurrier has told me that if I come in and do good, I could make an early impact on the field. I can‘t wait to get out there and just compete and have fun. I like the challenge," said Williams. "I've worked out hard to stay in shape so I'll be ready. They sent me a workout book so I'd know what I have to do when I get up there to improve my performance."
The competition at cornerback will be stiff this fall, as the Gamecocks return experienced corners Carlos Thomas, Captain Munnerlyn and Stoney Woodson, as well as welcome in newcomers like Williams and JUCO transfer Sam Pope. However, Williams has already gotten to know some of the returning DB's and says he's looking forward to bringing a little friendly competition to the cornerback rotation.
"I know Carlos Thomas and (Captain Munnerlyn). We talk a little bit, and I'm on the same page with them. They've told me how things work and stuff. I‘m looking forward to getting out there and learning and competing with those guys."
The South Carolina program has developed a strong reputation for producing top DB talent in recent years, with players like Sheldon Brown, Andre Goodman, Dunta Robinson, Jon Joseph and Ko Simpson all moving on to the NFL. According to Williams, who has been timed as fast as 4.33 seconds in the forty yard dash, he believes he possesses the skill set to continue that tradition at USC.
"I'm a complete corner. I'm strong. I'm competitive. I'm smart. I like to hit, and I'm a good cover corner. I take pride in my coverage ability."
Williams will have the luxury of working under one of the top secondary coaches in America at USC in Ron Cooper, and he has already developed a strong bond with his future position coach.
"Coach Cooper is real cool. We talk a lot, and he tells me that I can make an early impact. We've got a good relationship, and I'm looking forward to working under him."
South Carolina's 2007 recruiting class is widely regarded as the most talented incoming class in the history of the Gamecock football program, and according to Williams, they have set their sights on helping USC win its first ever SEC crown.
"It was very impressive to me (seeing how the 2007 class came together). I'm excited to be a part of it, and we're looking forward to doing some big things in the future. We want to win an SEC (Championship), and I know this class is going to work hard to be the best."
Williams, who will don the #10 jersey this fall at Carolina, says one particular game stands out to him on USC's 2007 schedule - The November 10 showdown with his home state Florida Gators.
"I can't wait to play Florida. I wanted to go to Florida growing up, but I'm a Gamecock now. I want to knock off the champions."
While Williams has not even stepped foot on the field yet for the Gamecocks, he's already proven to be a valuable addition to the South Carolina program, as he played a strong role in convincing his friend and former teammate Shaq Wilson to commit to the Gamecocks back in April. Wilson, who is currently rated as the nation's #33 weakside linebacker by Scout.com, plans to graduate early and will join Williams at USC in January. According to Williams, Shaq will bring a competitive edge to USC's linebacker corp, and he's looking forward to reuniting with his hard hitting First Coast teammate.
"He's very competitive. He likes to work on and off the field. He's got good grades. I'm looking forward to playing with him again."
Williams closed by sharing an enthusiastic message with the Gamecock Nation.
"Look for me on the field doing good things for South Carolina. We're going to take South Carolina to the top."
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