South Carolina received a boost to its 2017 recruiting class this weekend with a commitment from Jamyest Williams, one of the top athletes available.
Per Hale McGranahan of SEC Country, Williams announced his decision to join the Gamecocks on Saturday.
Speaking to SEC Country’s Matt Jennings earlier this month, he described his relationship with the South Carolina coaches: “I enjoy every bit of every time I go down there. I’ve been knowing coach T-Rob (defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson) since he was at Auburn. We’ve just always stayed in contact since then.”
Williams is a 4-star prospect who checks in as the No. 55 overall recruit in the 2017 class, according to 247Sports‘ composite rankings. He’s also rated as the No. 8 cornerback and the fifth-best player from Georgia.
The Grayson High School playmaker is a highly intriguing addition. He’s gained plenty of experience at both wide receiver and cornerback while also establishing himself as a weapon on special teams thanks to his high-end speed and elusiveness.
He also plays with a certain edge—a competitive fire that drives him to succeed and made him a coveted recruit. Perhaps that comes from being forced to prove himself more than most top prospects because of his lack of ideal size (5’9″, 170 lbs).
Amos Morale III of the Times-Picayune passed along comments from the versatile athlete back in January about his style of play.
“If you’re a short corner and you ain’t physical, you ain’t gonna get far in the game,” Williams said.
Derek Tyson of ESPN also highlighted his terrific work rate:
Williams will likely settle in as a cornerback. He still figures into the equation for special teams and could earn snaps in select packages offensively. That said, it’s hard to imagine him handling the heavy punishment of playing offense on a full-time basis over the long haul.
The Gamecocks are fighting to keep pace in a loaded SEC that features recruiting powers Alabama, LSU, Mississippi and a resurgent Tennessee program. Landing a top-flight athlete who will play cornerback will help bolster a defense that finished 94th in yards allowed per game last season.
Williams isn’t going to step on campus for another year, but getting an early commitment from him allows head coach Will Muschamp to build his recruiting class around one of the most dynamic talents in next year’s recruiting cycle.
What Williams may lack in stature, he more than makes up for with his dynamic skill set and competitiveness. It’s a highly promising pickup for the 2017 class.
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