After committing in August, All-American Jordan Williams made it official with Clemson on Wednesday.
The four-star defensive end from Cox High in Virginia Beach, Va., signed his national letter of intent during a signing day ceremony at his high school that afternoon.
“Such a blessing,” Williams told The Clemson Insider. “Glad it’s finally official.”
Williams, a consensus top-300 player nationally, chose Clemson over finalists Virginia, Virginia Tech and Tennessee on Aug. 6.
The No. 135 overall prospect and No. 4 prospect in Virginia by Rivals is a key part of Clemson’s 2017 class that ranks 10th in the country according to ESPN.
The class has become a close-knit group with the majority of its members having been committed long before signing day, and Williams foresees that bond translating into success at Clemson.
“We are all very close really!” Williams said. “I think the chemistry between all of us will transfer to the field and weight room.”
Williams was a first-team all-state selection at the highest level in Virginia as a senior. He also competed in the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio on Jan. 7.
The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder posted 50 tackles, including 17 for loss, three passes defensed, two caused fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 2016. He returned one of the recoveries for a touchdown.
As a junior, Williams had 39 tackles, including 12.5 for loss and five sacks, two interceptions, seven passes breakups, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.
Looking ahead to the 2017 season at Clemson, what is he most looking forward to?
“Competing really,” Williams said, “and taking great coaching.”
With the recruiting process now all the way behind him, Williams can turn his full attention to preparing for his freshman year.
“Such a relief honestly,” Williams said of rounding out his recruitment. “Just glad it’s done.”
On signing day, Williams felt the love and support from many Clemson fans who reached out to congratulate him and welcome him into the Tiger family.
So, when he gets to Clemson in the near future, he wants to give back.
“It’s truly special,” he said of the fan support. “I believe Clemson has an amazing fan base, and I can’t wait to give back to them on Saturdays with my play.”