Jamyest Williams 'close' with Vols DB coach

One of the fastest rising recruits in Scout's national rankings made the trip to Knoxville Saturday for Orange Carpet Day. Read what the four-star athlete said about his visit and what he's looking for in a school.

Jamyest Williams has been pretty busy this month.

The Scout four-star athlete was one of the only underclassmen invited to The Opening in Oregon and participated in camps at Florida State and Georgia before heading to Tennessee for the second summer edition of Orange Carpet Day, an invite-only visit for some of the Vols’ top recruiting targets.

His hectic schedule culminated in being named Scout’s National Recruit of the Week Sunday as Williams’ dominant camp performances shot him up the national rankings to become the No. 90 overall player in the 2017 class.

Getting Williams, who projects as a defensive back at the next level, on campus for a visit was paramount in keeping Tennessee in the mix for his services as his play continues to turn heads. The Lawrenceville, Ga., native has begun to develop a strong bond with defensive backs coach Willie Martinez, whom he and his father, J.J., talked with at length Saturday.

“Everything went great. We got a chance to talk to Martinez and my dad got a chance to talk with Martinez," Williams said. "He just had like an hour conversation with my dad, sitting down talking with my dad. We’re very close, me and him. Every time I see him we always have something to talk about. We just really click.”

Martinez sees a potential lockdown player in the secondary whose speed and aggressiveness fits well into the Vols’ defensive scheme.

“He just loves the way I compete,” Williams said. “I’m very physical. I just go out there and play 100 percent at all times.”

Williams was never far away from Archer High School teammate E.J. Price, a Scout four-star class of 2016 offensive tackle Tennessee is also courting. The No. 2-ranked athlete in Georgia and his friend basked in the star treatment they received on the orange carpet Saturday.

“I’d have to say the intro when we first walked in [was my favorite part],” Williams said. “We walked in and [the announcer] said ‘Jam and E.J. Price, they’re fixing to win a state championship!’"

Williams has hauled in offers from programs like Florida State, Georgia, Auburn, and Ohio State, among others, and put Tennessee in his top 10 list July 7.

“I really like Ohio State, Auburn, Tennessee, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia,” he said. “There’s a couple more schools, but I’m just going to go to some games next year. I’m going to put a list out of games I’m going to for the season and I’m going to decide from there.”

While his decision will likely come during his senior year, the 5-foot-9, 175-pound athlete has plenty of time to sort through his long offer list. With so many elite programs chasing his talent, Williams has picked out a couple of key components he’s looking for in a school that will play a pivotal role in his recruitment.

“The academic program and the relationship they have with my father and my family,” Williams said of what’s important to him. “I want to go to a spot that fits me and a place that I feel at home and where I feel welcome."

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