This past Friday saw Jerrodd Williams and his Daniel Lions win their opener of the 2008 season against the Easley Green Wave 14-7. Williams, a 2009 prospect, has already made a verbal to Virginia Tech. We asked Williams how it felt to already have the decision made heading into the season.
"It feels good knowing that I have that out of the way and it takes a lot of pressure off of me." Having won their opener Williams also talked about his outlook for the Lions this season. "I feel real confident because we've got a lot of people coming back. We've still got some minor errors to fix though."
Last season he was the most explosive player in the state when it came to kickoff and punt return situations. Williams averaged 40+ yards per kickoff return last season. Being so prolific a la Chicago Bears star Devin Hester one would think teams will definitely stay away from giving Williams the football at all. "I think to start the season off they will kick to me just to see am I worthy of that title, then when they see I am I think they will shy away from me. The thing is that we have another guy back there that runs a low 4.4 so it doesn't matter!"
Being such an explosive athlete Williams is still being recruited by a number of schools despite his verbal pledge to the Hokies. He shared which schools were still pressing him fairly hard as of late. "South Carolina, Maryland, and Georgia Tech. Nobody else has offered me since I verbaled though."
Given the fact that he's still hearing from so many major schools is there any chance Williams may waver from the Hokies? "I am still 125% committed to Virginia Tech. (laughs)" Jerrodd in fact stays in touch with the staff and some of the VT players on a weekly basis he says.
Lately Jerrodd has been playing the role of recruiter for the Hokies as Daniel High teammate CB/S DeAndre Hopkins is one of the most sought after prospects in the Palmetto State for 2010. "That's funny that you ask because DeAndre and I talk about playing together in college and that's something that he wants to look into so we could still play together in college. He asks me to talk to the coaches for him saying that I've got a little brother that's coming up that is real good. He looks at me as his big brother."
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