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Williams ‘ready to hit the ground running’ with defending champs

Clemson’s signees in the class of 2017 are just days away from joining the defending national champions.

With the exception of the four early enrollees — Hunter Johnson, Logan Rudolph, Baylon Spector and Blake Vinson — the other 10 members of the class will report to campus on Sunday to begin their Clemson careers.

Among them will be former blue-chip recruit and U.S. Army All-American defensive end Jordan Williams.

“I will be leaving Virginia Beach Saturday at 7 a.m. with my mom and dad,” Williams told The Clemson Insider. “I’m ready to get down there.”

Williams, a former top-150 prospect nationally, committed to Clemson last August over Virginia, Virginia Tech and Tennessee.

As a senior at Frank W. Cox High in Virginia Beach, Va., Williams registered 50 tackles, including 17 for loss, three passes defended, two caused fumbles and three fumble recoveries, including one that he returned for a touchdown. As a junior, he had 39 tackles, including 12.5 for loss and five sacks, two interceptions, seven passes broken up, one caused fumble and two fumble recoveries.

Williams (6-5, 280) is coming to Clemson with his sights set on earning early playing time in the Tigers’ defensive end rotation.

“I’m ready to hit the ground running and start getting ready to make a name for myself early on,” he said.

Williams has spent the offseason preparing his body and working to hone his craft ahead of summer workouts and fall camp at Clemson.

“I’ve been hitting the weights and doing some conditioning and working on my technique more,” he said.

Williams, who will be rooming with Justin Foster, said he talks to his fellow signees every day.

Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables, who served as Williams’ primary recruiter throughout the process, reached out to him yesterday.

“He was just mainly catching up and making sure my family and I were all squared away for this weekend,” Williams said, “and was telling me that I have a great opportunity ahead of me.”

Williams is thrilled to be entering a program coming off a national title. But he also knows what that means.

“It really does mean a lot,” he said. “But that’s a lot of pressure on us as a program because we have the target on our back with us winning the national championship, so we have to do everything we can to make it back to where we were last year.”

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