Clemson commitment Jordan Williams saw his first Clemson game in person on Sept. 10 when the Tigers played Troy. The defensive end from Cox High in Virginia Beach, Va., returned later in the season for the N.C. State game.
On Saturday, Williams made his third visit to Clemson this season for Clemson’s rivalry game against South Carolina, and his latest experience may have been his best in Death Valley yet.
“It was amazing. A great atmosphere,” Williams said in an interview with The Clemson Insider. “Just really being a part of the night-time atmosphere, that was my first night game for any visit I’ve ever had.”
After witnessing Clemson win close games against both Troy and N.C. State, Williams didn’t have to worry about the outcome of Saturday’s 56-7 victory at any point.
“It was a huge win,” Williams said. “I expected more of a fight out of South Carolina, but Clemson looked really good.”
While on campus, Williams caught up with Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, defensive coordinator Brent Venables and defensive ends coach Marion Hobby.
“They all were just excited to see me,” Williams said, “and are going to come visit me soon.”
Fellow Clemson commits Matt Bockhorst, Chase Brice, Justin Foster, Tee Higgins, A.J. Terrell and Blake Vinson were also in attendance Saturday, and Williams said it was nice to see his future teammates again.
“Always good,” Williams said. “We constantly text, but it’s always better to be able to interact with those guys.”
Williams is doing some recruiting on a couple of potential additions to Clemson’s 2017 class.
“Yes sir,” Williams said, “on Xavier McKinney and Drew Singleton.”
Williams feels good about Clemson’s chances of landing the two recruits, especially McKinney, who is teammates with Clemson cornerback commit LeAnthony Williams at Roswell (Ga.) High.
“I think we can get them both,” Williams said. “Especially with Lee being committed, that can increase the chances with X.”
Williams will be back on campus in a couple of months for his official visit.
“I’m taking it in January,” Williams said.
What is he looking forward to as far as that?
“Just being back on campus and getting the red carpet treatment,” he said.
As a senior, Williams helped Cox to a 9-2 record and trip to the playoffs. It was one of the best seasons in school history.
In late October, Williams was officially selected to the U.S. Army All-American game, becoming the first player from his school to accomplish the honor.
The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder is rated as a top-five prospect in Virginia and a top-150 prospect nationally.
“It was great to be able to break a lot of records,” Williams said of his team’s season. “A state title would have been nice, but I’m glad we had a great season.”
As for Clemson’s season, he has confidence the Tigers can win it all.
“I think they definitely can do it,” Williams said. “The only people that can beat Clemson is Clemson. They have proven they can compete with any team in the country.”