Death Valley replica - on sale, 10% off!
The Terminator is headed to Clemson

  by - Senior Writer - Tuesday, May 20, 2014 6:13 PM

Williams' versatility should keep him at tight end/H-back

The Terminator is headed to Clemson.

Garrett Williams Garrett Williams
Tight End
6-4, 215
Orlando, FL

View Full Profile
, the 4-star Orlando (FL) First Academy tight end, announced his decision to attend Clemson Monday afternoon, choosing the Tigers over Florida State, Auburn and Stanford.

The 111th ranked prospect in ESPN’s 300 became the 15th member of the Tigers 2015 class – the fourth in the last six days – and the first tight end.

His nickname? The Terminator.

“It has been awesome coaching him,” said Leroy Kinard, Williams’ head coach. “One of the nicknames I have for him is 'The Terminator.' I call him that because he never stops. He does not take time off and he is relentless in his pursuits and he is relentless in his workouts. He is the hardest-working player I've ever had by far.”

As a junior, Garrett – who also plays defensive end – tallied 76 tackles and a team-high 10 sacks. I asked Kinard if Williams could make the move to defensive end on the collegiate level and he said yes before explain why Williams is listed as a tight end prospect.

“There is always a chance. I don't know if that's what he wants to do,” Kinard said. “What happened was he went up to a Florida St. camp and he said he started looking at the body type. One of the coaches there said, 'Hey, start looking at the body types of all the defensive ends.' And he looks around and all of them had body types essentially like Garrett. And the coach says, 'Now look at the tight ends.' And none of them were built like Garrett. He just said that he felt like he was a better athlete than the majority of tight ends out there. There were a lot of defensive ends out there that could move like he did. That is why he made his decision, because he thinks long-term that position might have the biggest upside. But does he have the ability to play defensive end? Absolutely.”

However, expect Williams to stay at tight end/H-back once he arrives on Clemson’s campus. While he isn’t a blazer and won’t stretch the field like faster tight ends, his versatility is something that can’t be understated.

Kinard said that despite having a high-profile recruit on his squad – one who has heard from almost every coach in the country – there has been very little drama with Williams’ recruitment.

“He has been great through the entire recruiting process,” he said. “It has actually been very easy. Anytime you have a high-profile athlete it can be really hard and for him it hasn't. Coming down to the end, it has been a little harder for him but the process has really been easy.”

Why did Williams choose Clemson? Kinard says it’s because of the Clemson coaching staff.

“They did a really good job of recruiting him. He feels like the coaching staff at Clemson would fit him better,” he said. “He likes the guys on their coaching staff and their philosophy and the kind of individuals they are trying to recruit and get on the team. Clemson and Florida St. showed him the most attention and they have been down here as much as possible. But he picked Clemson because he feels at home at Clemson. He is a really good kid and Clemson is a good fit for him.”

Rate this Story:
47 votes
Send Feedback to David Hood: Email | Comment
    Recruits react to the departure of Chad Morris - 3 weeks ago
    Offensive coordinator Chad Morris was named the head coach at SMU Monday afternoon, and TigerNet reached out to several of the Tigers' top prospects to see if the change of coaches affects how they view Clemson. Full Story »
    Big names highlight weekend visitor's list - 3 weeks ago
    An early start time, a big game and a rivalry game all mean one thing: some of the region’s top talent will descend on Clemson Saturday afternoon for official and unofficial visits. Who is coming on campus? Full Story »
    Williams makes his decision on early enrollment - 1 month ago
    You only get to one shot to make the most of your last year of high school, and after a lot of thought Garrett Williams has decided to do that. The Orlando (FL) First Academy tight end and Clemson commit originally planned to enroll at Clemson in January but after talking with friends, family and other resources, Williams made the decision to stay in school and enjoy his final high school semester. Full Story »
    The scoop on Clemson's mid-year enrollees - 5 months ago
    Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney took time Friday afternoon to talk about all of the 13 mid-year enrollees who signed financial aid agreements with the school on Friday. TigerNet takes a look at Swinney's comments and lists the bios on each player. Full Story »
    All In Cookout wraps up summer recruiting - 5 months ago
    The All In Cookout is the last big recruiting push before the start of fall practice, and Clemson's coaching staff will host several 2015 commits and top prospects for a family-style cookout Friday. Full Story »

Subscribe to our RSS Feed
Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on Facebook
Sign Up for News Alerts
Daily Digest