Oftentimes, preferred walk-on opportunities aren’t offered by a program until the latter part of a recruit cycle.
Clemson, though, dished out a preferred walk-on offer to Kershaw (S.C.) North Central 2018 quarterback Bubba Williamson on Wednesday.
“It was a blessing to receive the news from my coach,” Williamson told TCI. “Clemson has always been very special to me and to have an opportunity to be a part of their program is an honor.”
Williamson, who lives about three hours away from Clemson, competed at the Dabo Swinney Camp last summer and attended the Tigers’ junior day on March 4. He plans to camp at Clemson again in June.
“It was great being on campus and being around their staff,” Williamson said of the visit last month. “They have a family culture that is definitely unique to their program. Also, it was amazing to see their new facilities and how they reflect ‘Best is the Standard’ on and off the field.”
Prior to missing his junior season because of a shoulder separation that required surgery, Williamson threw for 1,065 yards and nine touchdowns against three interceptions on 183 attempts as a sophomore. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder is an accurate passer and good in the pocket but also an athlete with the ability to extend plays.
Williamson also has an offer from South Carolina State, while Appalachian State, South Carolina and Wake Forest are showing interest.
He said it was tempting to go ahead and commit to Clemson after getting the chance to join a national championship-winning program.
“With an opportunity like this, it’s very easy to make a decision fast,” Williamson said. “I just want to think everything through and make sure I do what is best for my future and academic career.”