Number One: Clemson sits atop the list for Jamyest Williams

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Williams works out at the Nike camp in Georgia in March
Williams works out at the Nike camp in Georgia in March

One of the top players regardless of position for the 2017 recruiting cycle has Clemson at the top of his list.

Four-star athletes Jamyest WilliamsJamyest Williams
5-9, 170
Lawrenceville, GA

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of Lawrenceville (GA) Archer tweeted out his list of top ten schools Tuesday evening – in order – and Clemson made the cut at number one. Florida State, Texas A&M, Ohio State, Auburn, Oklahoma, Stanford, Michigan State, Georgia and Tennessee rounded out his top ten. He also listed Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Arizona and Baylor as being in the mix but in no particular order.

Williams is just one of seven rising juniors nationally to be invited to Nike’s The Opening in Oregon, and he talked to TigerNet shortly after the announcement and broke down Clemson’s top spot, his recruitment overall and future plans. Williams started out by saying Clemson has the edge because of his relationship with main recruiter and secondary coach Mike ReedMike Reed
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“It's just the relationship I have with Coach Reed. Every time I talk to Coach Reed, I just feel like I'm talking to my father,” Williams said. “He's just a guy that I can really relate to and I've got a great relationship with him and Coach Swinney. I enjoy being in Clemson and the environment there, especially the academic program. We kind of talk about football and life. He tries to teach me techniques and then we talk about life, school and what's going on outside of football and how I'm living and how my family's doing.”

Williams then relayed his reasons for releasing his Top 10.

“I think it was time, because there aren't any other schools that I really want to go to,” he said. “I have 37 offers and I just want to focus on the schools that are recruiting me hard and just try to build a relationship with those coaches. I think I'm going to try to graduate early.”

Williams was on Clemson’s campus back in June and he took in Clemson’s academic setting as well as the football side of the university.

“I talked to some of the tutors and professors and I really enjoyed it,” he said. “I'm trying to major in business and minor in communications. Coach Reed and I got some one-on-one time and we were riding around in the golf cart just talking and touring the campus. We were just talking about life and school and how things were going. We were just building our relationship beyond football.”

Helping Clemson’s cause is the play of cornerback Mackensie Alexander, a player that Williams likes to emulate.

“I tell everybody that's the first person I watch,” he said. “He has great technique and I love the way he plays the game. I can see myself playing just like him. He likes to learn and he's very coachable. Coach Swinney said that after every game you always see him in the film room.”

This week, Williams will compete against the nation’s best rising juniors and seniors in Oregon, and he said he wants to prove he is not your normal junior.

“I'm just building relationships and seeing guys compete,” Williams said. “I just wanted to come out here and compete. It's great. I've got something to prove and I've got a lot on my back. I've got to go out here and prove what I'm really about. I know the upperclassmen think that we're just regular underclassmen but we're not normal. I'm here for a reason.”

Williams plays all over the field for Archer, and during his sophomore campaign he rushed for 700 yards and eight touchdowns, hauled in 35 catches for 452 yards and five more touchdowns. Defensively, he recorded 60 tackles and had two interceptions. Williams still plans to visit Auburn, Georgia, FSU and possibly Florida this summer.

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