In his senior season, Westover (Fayetteville, N.C.) star Lorenzo Williams played linebacker and played very well, racking up 102 tackles, two blocked punts, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception. The first-team all-conference selection will play cornerback at Virginia Tech, and he was able to gain valuable experience at the position at last week’s Shrine Bowl.
“As soon as I got out there, I got into it,” the 6-2, 200-pound Williams said of playing cornerback. “I adjusted to it pretty well. I was not as good at adjusting to the ball as I should be, but that is something I can work on. I feel real good about what I did. I always feel like I can work on stuff, but I’m really glad with how I progressed.”
The South Carolina squad defeated North Carolina 31-24 in Saturday’s Shrine Bowl. Williams finished with five tackles.
“I felt like I played all right,” Williams said. “I had a real big hit that got the crowd up. I haven’t played cornerback all year, so when I was practicing there all week I had a lot of people saying good things. I got a little more confidence playing cornerback again, especially on this type of stage.”
Being a Shrine Bowl selection offered more than just a chance to get experience playing cornerback.
“It was a great experience. One I’ll never forget,” Williams said. “I got to do a lot of things. I met a lot of good guys. In a short amount of time, we became a team and a family. I had a good time at the hospital, visiting the little kids. Doing that made me feel like I wanted to be more responsible. I realized how good I have it.”
Williams’ week-long performance impressed college coaches, but he is sticking with his original commitment to Virginia Tech.
“I’m not going to take a look at other schools. I told Clemson thanks but no thanks,” Williams said.
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