To look at 2017 T.L. Hanna quarterback Jackson Williamson nothing about him would suggest that he's a freshman standing 6'2 1/2 198 pounds. As one of the most productive freshmen in the state last season he's already started hearing from colleges and for good reason. That's why he's "UP NEXT" with SCPrepNation.com!
To say his freshman season was a success would be an understatement. Playing AAAA ball and getting the job done speaks to the level of talent Williamson possesses at an early age. He talked about his numbers last season under center.
"I threw for 2,000 yards, 20 touchdowns, and had 4 interceptions. I had a 70 percent completion percentage. I also rushed for a touchdown too," Williamson said.
One stellar performance saw the freshman break records at T.L. Hanna and he said it was his most memorable performance of the season.
"The game against J.L. Mann was my best. I threw for 6 touchdowns and 450 yards. It was memorable because I broke all records passing and touchdowns as a freshman."
That early success has already drawn Williamson plenty of attention from some prominent football programs from across the southeast. He talked about the schools he's heard from as well as a couple of visits he's already made.
Hometown Clemson has already talked with Williamson about what they like and want to see him improve on moving forward.
"Clemson says they like how I throw the ball but they want to see me be able to run it too."
When asked which schools he'd like to hear a lot more from soon he said Clemson, Georgia, and South Carolina.
To help accelerate his growth as a quarterback Williamson has been studying under one of the leading quarterback coaches in the region, Ramon Robinson. The T.L. Hanna freshman told us what areas that Robinson has helped him the most thus far.
"Coach Robinson has helped me get in my drop quicker and clean up any weaknesses in my game. He's a very good coach and I really enjoy working with him."
Robinson, his quarterback instructor, shared some thoughts about Williamson and where he is at with his game at this point with us. As one of the Carolinas' top quarterback instructors Robinson has coached many of the top high school and college prospects over the years in the southeast region.
"Jackson has a lot of strengths right now. He has a high IQ for the game, he understands defenses and coverages really well already, he's big kid for a 9th grader, and has great mechanics and footwork. Everything he's doing right now he's continuing to grow and the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree with his father playing at South Carolina."
"Since he's been coming to me his footwork has gotten better than it was before. He's got a big arm for a lefty and as he continues to grow and mature it will all come together for him. He's a pro-style kid that can run a spread if needed but he can run if he has to. He won't sit back there and get his head knocked off, he'll make a play with his legs. He's one of two of my guys who got invited to an elite underclassmen challenge camp in Jacksonville."
Williamson shared some goals that he's hoping to achieve during his sophomore season next year.
"I want to accomplish more as a team and win a region championship."
We'll have more updates with Jackson Williamson as he's already one of the state's top freshmen prospects and should continue that upward trend over the next 3 seasons at the controls for T.L. Hanna. Check out some of Williamson's testing measurables below.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...JACKSON WILLIAMSON
Bench press: 225 pounds
Squat: 330 pounds
Power clean: 225 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.8 seconds
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