By Keith McGonigle.
Before the South Carolina game, all the 2011 commits Clemson commits met with Dabo Swinney to discuss Clemson and the future class. One of the players in that meeting was standout defensive tackle DeShawn Williams,
“We had a meeting before the game, we had all the 2011 commitments there except for Sammy Watkins and Mike Bellamy who had games and couldn’t make it. Coach Swinney just told us that this was the best class that he has ever seen, and the best class in Clemson history. He said we have a bright future ahead of us and he can’t wait for next year” said DeShawn.
Has DeShawn been talking to his future teammates?
“I pretty much talked to all of them. Now is about the time that we start to become a family. Now we got to become acquainted. We will be playing the next 4-6 years with each other so we have to get good communications. Everyone I talked to said they are ready to get to Clemson and get to work.
What did DeShawn think of the game?
“I wasn’t going to miss that game for nothing. I thought we were going to win. I really wish we could have pulled it out, but we will get them back next year.”
The 6’1” 302 lbs lineman will be making his official visit to Clemson in January during Clemson’s award banquet weekend.
How did DeShawn and the Daniel Lions season end up this year?
“We did better than a lot of people thought. We almost beat the number one ranked team, we lost 20-14. We did a lot of great things and some not so great things but I like to focus on the positives. I think I did a lot of things to help my team out, and I did a good job of being a leader and leading by example. I ended up with 105 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, 2 blocked field goal and an interception.”
Is DeShawn considering enrolling early?
“I was considering it and the coaches really wanted me to come in early but I can’t because of my class schedule. Either way I’ll be arriving in June and starting summer classes, I’ll come in and be ready to work.”
Six of the 2011 commits are defensive lineman this year, what will the competition be like?
“You know we are going to push each other, everyone in our class wants to see each other succeed. It’s a competition but we’re pushing to be successful. There are still got a bunch of older guys there now so we just got to earn our stripes go in there and work.”
DeShawn is turning his focus to track and field now,
“I’m doing track and field, I made it to state in shot put last year and I am ready to win it this year. Right now I’m lifting weights and doing a lot of agility work to be ready for Clemson, I know they are going to work me.”