It's amazing how the recruiting world unfolds at times. Daniel High cornerback Jerrodd Williams is a true testament to that. The 2009 prospect had a strong junior season last year but wasn't on the proverbial recruiting radar in a big way. That all changed recently and swiftly for Williams.
This past Saturday Williams attended camp at Virginia Tech. There he impressed the coaching staff so much that they decided to extend the Daniel High standout a scholarship offer. It didn't take long for the relationship to strengthen as Williams had seen enough from the staff and community in Blacksburg to decide it was the place he wanted to play collegiately. Williams gave Scout.com a call and talked about it all.
"Yes sir I committed to Virginia Tech on Saturday during camp. I really liked the coaching staff, the athletics in general, and the campus. They already made me feel like I was part of the family before I committed. They are really down to Earth people. I got a really good vibe about them. They are recruiting me as a cornerback and kickoff returner."
Considering his numbers last year as a junior the Hokies quite possibly have landed one of the most electric players in the Palmetto State for 2009. Williams reports a 4.35 second 40 yard dash and when you hear his ridiculous numbers as a kickoff returner it's easy to see that those numbers are legitimate. "I had 13 kickoff returns for 571 yards and 4 touchdowns last year." For those of you trying to do the math in your head...that's an absurd 44 yards per return. Williams has superb talent as a coverage corner as well. "I had 4 interceptions, 58 tackles, 48 of them solo, 20 assists, and 2 fumble recoveries. I made All-Region, All-Upstate SC, and All-Upstate GA as a defensive back and kick returner. I also made All-State and All-Area as a kick returner.
Although he verbaled to Virginia Tech on Saturday Williams made the trip down to Columbia to camp with the South Carolina Gamecocks on Monday. The staff was able to assess Williams and also extended him a scholarship offer before he left the capitol city. "I got an offer from South Carolina today. It was a good experience. I am 100% firm with Virginia Tech. Although other schools like South Carolina will still be recruiting the staff at Virginia Tech told me that they will still be recruiting me even though I'm committed to them already."
There are a few more stops that Williams plans on making this offseason in terms of camps. I will probably be going to Clemson for camp on Thursday. I'd like to go to Georgia's camp too but we have a 7 on 7 on the same Saturday as their camp. I will also be going to Tennessee. We have a 7 on 7 tournament up there in July. They are another school who may offer me."
Talking about the "others" Williams says there are a few schools that may follow the Hokies and Gamecocks lead by offering him. "Maybe Clemson, Georgia, and North Carolina along with Tennessee. I went to Georgia Tech on June 4th but they didn't offer me. I guess they passed me over."
Williams also intends to shut down the combine visits after his verbal commitment but told us of his last combine showing at a Nike event in Charlotte. "I did pretty well. My SPARQ rating was a 92.67."
Looking back at last year and also ahead to next season Williams spoke about some of the toughest teams and players he's faced as well as the games he's most looking forward to next year. "I think Chester and Westside are the toughest teams I've ever gone up against. As for the toughest players I've matched up against it'd have to be Charles Whitlock from Chester (current USC enrollee) and Quinton Payton of T.L. Hanna. I was able to hold Quinton to just 3 yards receiving when we played." As for next season Williams said the Westside game was a big one for him due to the fact that the two squads have formed quite a rivalry over the past few seasons. He also said the Seneca Bobcats are a big game due to their crosstown bragging rights at stake.
Just talking football in general with Williams we touched on a player that he really enjoys watching film of and admires greatly...legendary cornerback and kick returner Deion Sanders. "Man everybody looks up to Deion Sanders. He's the main guy that I look up to for me. He had great swagger and he was really fast. He was just a great player."
Scout.com will have more updates on 2009 prospect Jerrodd Williams as he continues his camp stops and readies himself for his senior season at Daniel High School next year. Stay tuned!
Inside The Numbers...Jerrodd Williams
Bench press max: 265 pounds
Squat max: 410 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.35 seconds
Vertical 33.5 inches
CB/KR Jerrodd Williams