As often has been the case for 2009 Daniel High CB Jerrodd Williams he's flown under the radar. After seeing his recruitment explode prior to the 2008 season he ended it as quickly as it began with a commitment to the Virginia Tech Hokies. Recently capping his high school career by playing in the Shrine Bowl Williams took some time out to talk about a number of things on his plate currently in this exclusive interview.
Asked to reflect back on his time during the week of Shrine Bowl practice and the game itself. "The top memories were practicing and going up against some verygood receivers, the game itself, meeting those people, and staying in touch with those guys I played with. I spent a lot of time with Justin Trapp from Fairfield Central, Demetrious Swinger from Westside, and Alshon Jeffrey from Calhoun County. I got to know Stephon Gilmore real well too. Those were the main things I experienced with the Shrine Bowl."
In fact Williams sealed the victory for the South Carolina team with a tremendous interception that he returned for a touchdown. "That felt really good, it was my last high school game and it was good way to cap off my senior season. I finished my high school career on a good note to do it in a big game like that it was a great play. It's always gonna be remembered especially being the Shrine Bowl."
One of those friendships forged during practice also brought about a pretty intense battle in practice for Williams. "The most competitive matchup for me was against Alshon. We had a friendly competition. We challenged each other to see who could catch the most passes or intercepting the most. I ended up coming up with 3 interceptions and 2 pass breakups against him and he caught 2 passes on me."
With his prep career now over Williams is doing what he can to stay in shape to prepare himself for the next level. "I just started back running with the track team. I've just been working on my conditioning and lifting weights to get me ready for that. I talked with some of the players at Virginia Tech and they say its mostly about conditioning. I'm doing some reps not necessarily heavy though. Right now they're (Virginia Tech staff) letting me do my own thing but whenever I sign they'll let me know their workout program. I'll go by that as soon as I get it on Signing Day."
Being a long time commit to Virginia Tech hasn't stopped other schools from announcing their interest in Williams. Two schools have stepped forward recently with scholarship offers. Williams talked about those schools and his take on things. "I have received offers from Tennessee and Georgia Tech. With Tennessee, their head coach came down yesterday and said he wanted to meet me. He introduced himself and told me that he knows I'm still committed to Virginia Tech but that if I were to decommit that I had an offer from them and that he wanted me to be a part of their program. He liked the way I played and that his father Monte Kiffin would love to have me."
"Georgia Tech, I really like them. I went down there for a camp. It's in the middle of Atlanta. I'm gonna stay committed to Virginia Tech. All the schools that have offered me I really appreciate it and they're good schools but I'm sticking with Virginia Tech. I have something to fall back on if football doesn't work out because it's a good school academically. I plan on football working out for me though."
In previous talks with the Hokies coaching staff he's gotten some insight as to what his role may be with the team early on. "They said I have a good chance of getting early playing time as a freshman at cornerback and as a returner. They are losing 2 corners and most of the other cornerbacks are sophomores so it'll be motivation for me to try and get on the field early."
With such a successful career on the gridiron during his playing days at Daniel Jerrodd reflected back on some of his most memorable memories as a Lion. "Playing for Daniel there were a lot. Probably the Chester game (Upper State Championship) even though we lost we were down 7-3 and I returned the second half opening kickoff to give us a spark to put us up 10-7. Our defense stood up and we got the ball back. It went back and forth. It was a great atmosphere. Also playing against T.L. Hanna. I had the game winning INT against Hanna, it was a jumpball and I got it in the endzone. The Greenville game where we had 6 total interceptions. We returned two of them for touchdowns. Those are some of the things I'll remember the most."
Looking back on how things developed so quickly for him he talked about how some people categorized him early on. "All of them were really just looking at my speed. They all thought I was just gonna be a return guy but they look at me now as a strong cornerback too after the plays I've made and how I've stepped up in big game situations."
"Right now though I'm looking forward to me being part of the Hokie family. My official visit is the 23rd of January. In fact my cornerbacks coach Torrian Gray is coming to visit me tomorrow night."