Williams Appears Solid to VT

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Daniel (Central, S.C.) cornerback recruit Jerrodd Williams committed to Virginia Tech in June, but the 6-1, 185-pound senior has been in contact with the University of South Carolina throughout the fall. After cancelling a scheduled visit from South Carolina coaches, though, he now seems solid to Virginia Tech.

“He did listen to South Carolina and Clemson, but at the end of the day he will stick with his word and is going to Virginia Tech,” Daniel head coach Randy Robinson said. “He is solid with them. He cancelled the in-home visit with South Carolina.”

Williams, who can run the 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds, could be one of the most underrated recruits in Tech’s 2009 class. An outstanding cornerback, he finished the 2008 season with 44 tackles with 11 pass break-ups and four interceptions. Williams is more than just a talented defender, however, as he is also a big-time performer on special teams

“I think his special teams skills could help to get him on the field fast,” Robinson said of Williams, who returned one punt and one kick-off return for touchdowns this year. Williams averaged 22.6 yards per kick return. “Once he gets the ball in his hands, with that 4.36 speed, he is pretty tough. If he gets a crease, he’ll hit it full speed. In [the Class AAA Upper State final], he went 86 yards untouched for a touchdown on a kick-off.

“I think Virginia Tech is looking for a corner to step out there and take somebody away. The last time I talked to them, they really liked his ability on special teams, too. He can block punts, return punts and kicks…his ability there could get him on the field soon.”

Williams was a major factor in Daniel’s run to 13 wins this season.

“He stepped up big in big games,” said Robinson. “With the expectations and publicity he had, I think opponents stayed away from his side of the field. Whoever we put him out there on, he took them away. If a defense can take the opposing team’s best receiver away, they can blitz and do other things to make the defense better. And that’s what we could do. His strength was probably special teams. A lot of teams kicked away from him, but they would end up kicking the ball out of bounds and things like that, so that ended up helping us with field position.”

Coach Robinson raves about Williams’ talents at the cornerback spot, especially after seeing improvement