The Clemson Tigers added LeAnthony Williams Jr., a 4-star cornerback prospect, to their 2017 recruiting class after he announced his decision through a video posted Monday by Rivals.com:
Williams hails from Roswell High School in Georgia and is the 20th-ranked player in the state, the 17th-rated cornerback and the No. 172 overall prospect in the nation, per 247Sports' composite rankings.
The young corner plays with plenty of physicality and is keen to deliver big hits, which is a plus for a player at his position.
In addition to solid run support, Williams is excellent when it comes to press-man coverage. He jams receivers effectively at the line with his 6'0" frame and understands leverage when it comes to shedding blocks.
Quick to diagnose plays and decisive when attacking opposing playmakers, Williams has little wasted motion to his game. He has the natural feel to take good pursuit angles, and unlike other players who like to hit hard, he has sound tackling technique and doesn't often let players elude his grasp.
Clemson has produced a steady line of exceptional defenders in recent years. Last year, the Tigers saw pass-rusher Vic Beasley and linebacker Stephone Anthony chosen in the first round of the NFL draft.
Perhaps more pertinent to Williams' situation, former Clemson cornerback Mackensie Alexander has an excellent chance to be a first-round pick in this year's draft.
Alexander was a 5-star recruit and had more natural speed than Williams, and it's far too early to project the latter's NFL potential, but the point remains that the Tigers have developed defensive players well.
Replacing a player of Alexander's caliber will be a tall order for Clemson this coming season and beyond. Williams can be part of the effort to reload the Tigers secondary, especially if he bulks up a little bit from his listed weight of 170 pounds.
Star ratings courtesy of 247Sports.