On a Daniel (Central, S.C.) varsity football squad expected to compete for a state championship this season, 6-1, 185-pound Jerrodd Williams is one of the stars and one of the leaders. The Virginia Tech cornerback recruit, a speedster who has been timed in the 40 in sub-4.5 seconds, has shown very well in preseason practice and head coach Randy Robinson expects a big year from his star on both sides of the ball.
“Jerrodd is off to a great start,” said Robinson, whose team captured a region championship last season. The team kicks off its 2008 season on August 29th. “Team-wise, we have a bit of the injury bug. To be honest with you, we haven’t hit as much so we can get healthy.
“With Jerrodd, I think his confidence level is the highest I’ve seen it. He looks great at corner. We have started spotting him more on offense, too. We want to give him opportunities to get in space because he is such a great athlete with great speed. Character-wise, he is top notch. He’ll do whatever we need him to do.”
Very effective on special teams, Williams averaged 34 yards per kick-off return last season as a junior. This year, he is pushing for the starting punt-returner spot and continues to be one of Daniel’s top gunners on punts. Defense and special teams are the two areas Virginia Tech sees him contributing in on the next level.
“The last time I checked, the Virginia Tech coaches were looking at him strictly as a corner and return guy,” Robinson said. “I could see him returning punts. I think he’ll still be a gunner on the next level. He does the little things to help you win ball games.”
Williams really stood out at cornerback this off-season, impressing in 7-on-7 passing leagues and tournaments.
“He had a great season,” Williams said. “He had a great Clemson camp. We won the tournament there. He did really well at the Adidas tournament in Knoxville. Jerrodd stood out and dominated on the defensive side of the ball. I could see his confidence growing. He always had the athleticism, but the confidence is coming to him.”
Daniel’s head coach has noticed Jerrodd’s talents for quite some time and certainly isn’t surprised at the level of play Williams is exhibiting.
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