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Fresh look at Clemson’s freshmen: LeAnthony Williams

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: LeAnthony Williams

Position: Cornerback

Height, Weight: 6-0, 175

Hometown (High School):            Roswell, Ga. (Roswell HS)

Prospect rankings: 4-star, No. 20 CB, No. 27 state, No. 212 national (ESPN); 4-star, No. 11 CB, No. 11 state, No. 111 national (Rivals); 4-star, No. 28 CB, No. 2 CB in state, No. 272 national (Scout); 4-star, No. 31 CB, No. 28 state, No. 317 national (247Sports)

High school stats & accolades: As a senior, had 42 tackles, five interceptions, five passes broken up and a fumble recovery… helped Roswell High to Georgia 7A championship game in 2016, where it lost in overtime to Grayson High School and fellow signee Chase Brice… Roswell reached the championship game in 2015 as well when Williams was also a starting cornerback… High school program was 28-2 his last two years and now he has joined a college program that was 28-2 the last two years

Strengths: Williams is solidly built at 6-foot, 175-pounds, and plays physical. He excels near the line of scrimmage in press coverage, while his great hips, long arms and strong ball skills help him make plays. He knows how to play the cornerback position and proved himself against top talent in the Peach State in high school. Because of his size, he has the versatility to play safety as well.

What he can do to earn playing time as freshman: The Tigers are more deep and talented at cornerback right now than they have been in recent years, but Williams comes to Clemson with a chance to play out of the gates. He will get opportunities to show what he can do in fall camp, and how well he performs might determine whether he redshirts. He should be able to refine his technique as he works with cornerbacks coach Mike Reed, and that would only help his case to see the field as a freshman.

Future outlook: Expect Williams’ physicality and knowledge to help him make a smooth transition to the next level. He has the talent and all of the tools to eventually become a staple of Clemson’s secondary in the future.

 

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