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Williams talks official visit, coaching change, signing day

Clemson defensive end commit Jordan Williams was back on campus last weekend for his official visit with the Tigers’ eight other committed non-early enrollees, who are set to sign with Clemson in 10 days.

The Clemson Insider caught up with the U.S. Army All-American about his experience during the visit and more.

“It was great,” Williams said of the official. “Felt great to be home.”

Williams and his fellow commits arrived on Friday, Jan. 13 and stayed until that Sunday. It was an eventful weekend for the future Tigers, who witnessed Clemson’s national championship parade and celebration on Saturday, attended Clemson’s basketball game against Virginia that afternoon and sat in on the team’s awards banquet that night among other activities.

Williams said the highlight of the visit for him was seeing the support Clemson fans showed as they turned out in droves for the victory parade and celebration.

“Seeing all the fans there showing their love for the team at the parade, it was just really cool to see,” he said.

While out on the recruiting trail Thursday, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and defensive coordinator Brent Venables made a stop to meet Williams in his hometown of Virginia Beach, Va., where they ate at a local pizzeria.

“It was great being able to see them,” Williams said. “I always enjoy talking to them.”

The visit from the coaches came a day after the Jacksonville Jaguars announced former Clemson defensive ends coach Marion Hobby as their new defensive line coach.

“I mean yeah it sucks,” Williams said of Hobby’s departure, “but I know he did what was best for his family. I’m proud of him. He was presented a great opportunity and took it.”

Despite the coaching change, Williams, who committed to Clemson in August, remains firm in his pledge.

The four-star standout and top-150 prospect nationally is excited to sign with college football’s latest national champion in a little more than a week.

“Super excited!” Williams said. “We aren’t done though. Coach Swinney told me we aren’t rebuilding, we are only reloading, and I truly do believe that.”

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