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SC Linebacker Commits To The Tigers

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 11:25am
By: Brian Geisinger

Last Friday morning, Clemson picked-up a commitment from Jalen Williams - a 6-0, 220 pound, three-star linebacker After Williams attendedcamp at Clemson this past July, the coaching staff - in particular defensive coordinator Brett Venables - took a strong liking to the prospect, and offered him a scholarhship.

Williams plays his high school ball Blythewood (S.C.) High.

At Dabo's camp, Williams ostensibly held his own against every other linebacker in attendance. This group of linebackers included 2014's No. 1 LB prospect Raekwon McMillan, who will be visiting the Tigers on October 18th.

This scholarship offer, however, came with a condition. Williams is in the 2014 recruiting class, but Clemson already had several LB commits for said class. So, they offered Williams a greyshirt, which means he would not be able to enroll at the school until January 2015.

Williams, who is rated by 247 Sports as the No. 108 outside linebacker and No. 33 overall prospect in South Carolina in 2014, decided to take Venables up on his less conventional offer. In doing so, he selected the Tigers over Appalachian State (considered to be his No. 2 choice), Towson, and Coastal Carolina.

It should also be noted, though, that it's possible that Williams could still end up signing as part of Clemson's 2014 class in the spring. If the Tigers don't fill meeting their scholarship limit - either by not signing up to it or by attrition - then the Clemson coaches have told Williams he can enroll for 2014. In fact, according to our Clemson Insider, they've told Williams the odds are pretty good that this will happen. 

There were several other in-state schools to offer Williams, too - Wofford, Charleston Southern and Furman.

For highlights of the high-flying linebacker, check here: