Jerrodd Williams ‘ interception return for a touchdown sealed a 24-16 victory for the South Carolina squad in the 2008 edition of the North Carolina/South Carolina Shrine Bowl. Making big plays is nothing new for the 6-1, 185-pound prospect, who starred at cornerback and on special teams at Daniel High School (Central, S.C.).
“It was a good way to finish out my high school career,” Williams said of the Shrine Bowl win.
Daniel featured a formidable defensive backfield over the past several seasons. The unit broke the state record for total interceptions in 2007 and then again in 2008. Williams totaled eight over the past two years, picking off four passes in each of his last two seasons. Williams was the leader of a defensive back unit that helped Daniel to an outstanding 2008 season that included an appearance in the Class AAA, Upper State final.
“My defensive back teammates looked at me as a leader, so I tried to go out there and be an example for them,” Williams said. “We all fed off each other.”
A standout on special teams, Williams, who possesses 4.36 speed in the 40 and has run a 10.5-second time in the 100 meters in outdoor track, returned one punt and one kick-off for scores this past season. He returned three kick-offs for touchdowns as a junior, explosiveness the Virginia Tech coaches are no doubt happy to have on the gridiron.
Williams took special teams play very seriously throughout his high school career, watching film of each opponent’s special teams.
“Special Teams can help you win or lose the game,” Williams said. “I like making plays, changing the game up. Special Teams is a good way to change it. Blocking a kick can help you win the game.”
So how did Williams become interested in Virginia Tech? So interested that he decided to commit almost immediately after picking up the offer at Virginia Tech’s first senior camp this past summer?
“I really started keeping up with them a couple of years ago,” Williams said. “When they played Clemson and beat them 41-23 [at Clemson in 2007], I e-mailed their coach that weekend. That is how we started talking. I thought they had a good defense and I liked how they used their corners. Their coaches keep it real with you. They don’t sugarcoat anything just to get you. They keep it real.”
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