Clemson coaches targeting EJ Williams, former teammate of Justyn Ross


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EJ Williams walks the sidelines on a visit last season
EJ Williams walks the sidelines on a visit last season

Every Tiger fan knows the name Justyn Ross, the talented freshman wide receiver that lit up Alabama in the National Championship Game. They could soon know the name of one of Ross’ former teammates in 2020 wideout EJ Williams.

Williams is a 4-star out of Phenix City (AL) Central that is a priority target for the Clemson coaching staff.

"The coach I have the strongest relationship with is coach Jeff Scott," Williams said. "We talk every day about how I would fit in at Clemson. I feel like if I go there, I can make an immediate impact. They told me I would be the "nine" man, what Tee Higgins and (Justyn) Ross play. I'd be the boundary receiver."

Williams attended two Clemson home games this past season and he was in for a visit last weekend.

"I always get the same vibe from Clemson," Williams said. "I always go up there and they show me a good time. They don't have to put on a face because they see oh, that's EJ, we've got to act this type of way. They are going to act like that even when I'm not there, I know that. They give me that vibe every time I go there. I have a good time every time I go up there."

Williams, of course, has kept in touch with his good friend Ross and watched with interest as he emerged as a major component of the offense in his first season.

"They develop players really well," Williams said. "When Justyn was coming out of high school, I wouldn't think he'd go for a thousand yards his freshman year and have the most receiving yards on the team. That just shows that they have a great offense and they know how to throw the ball and spread the field.

"He tells me he has a lot of fun. It's not always just about football. They are teaching him life lessons on how to apply for jobs and things like that. It's just not all about football, it's about having fun and preparing you for more than football."

Like Ross, Williams said he would have no problem leaving the state. He also has visited Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Florida State and Florida. He will visit Georgia this weekend and Clemson on January 26th. He also plans to visit in the coming weeks Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Florida State and Florida. He will not announce a decision until the December signing day.

This past season Williams had 40 catches for 368 yards and 9 touchdowns.

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