The remaining 10 members of Clemson’s 2017 signing class arrived on campus June 25, joining early enrollees Hunter Johnson, Logan Rudolph, Baylon Spector and Blake Vinson.
The Clemson Insider gives a scouting report on each of the newcomers. We break down what the player does best, what he can do to earn playing time as a freshman, his future outlook and more.
Name: Jordan Williams
Position: Defensive end
Height, Weight: 6-5, 260
Hometown (High School): Virginia Beach, Va. (Frank W. Cox HS)
Prospect rankings: 4-star, No. 18 DE, No. 8 state, No. 254 national (ESPN); 4-star, No. 4 SDE, No. 4 state, No. 135 national (Rivals); 4-star, No. 27 DE, No. 4 DE in state, No. 286 national (Scout); 4-star, No. 7 WDE, No. 4 state, No. 106 national (247Sports)
High school stats & accolades: As a senior, had 50 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, three passes defended, two caused fumbles and three fumble recoveries… also had a touchdown on a recovery… as a junior, had 39 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, two interceptions, seven pass breakups, one caused fumble and two fumble recoveries… first-team all-state at the highest level of high school football in Virginia in 2016
Strengths: From a measurable standpoint, Williams will fit right in fellow defensive ends like Austin Bryant (6-4, 265), Clelin Ferrell (6-5, 265) and Xavier Kelly (6-4, 265). The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Williams comes to Clemson ready-made physically with his size, length and strength. He is athletic for his size, strong at the point of attack and moves well laterally. He defends the run as well as he rushes the passer, and he is an intelligent player. He’s a playmaker, but at the same time doesn’t press and lets the game come to him.
What he can do to earn playing time as freshman: With the injury to Richard Yeargin and transfer of Lasamuel Davis, Williams figures to have a chance to play this season. To take advantage of his opportunities, Williams will need to focus on his technique. It won’t be as easy for him to overpower and dominate opponents with his size and athleticism like he did in high school, so finer points of his game such as playing with lower pad level gain more significance for him.
Future outlook: Williams could play either defensive end position, but strong-side seems like the best fit with his attributes. He is physically ready to contribute to some degree as a freshman, while he has the tools and potential to eventually be a dominant defender for the Tigers.
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