Clemson pulled a Florida State legacy prospect away from the Seminoles Monday afternoon when TE Garrett Williams of Orlando announced a commitment to the Tigers. He also had Florida State, Stanford and Auburn on his final short list.
Williams is the son of former Florida State fullback Dayne Williams. Clemson was an early offer for him, January of 2013, and he made a half dozen visits to the campus over the last year and a half including the Tigers' junior day in February.
"I love the atmosphere and the coaches are incredible," Williams said. "I love what Clemson stands for. My dad was always telling me it's my decision and it's wherever I feel like God is leading me. If that's not Florida State, then that's OK with him and my family because I know they are going to support me wherever I go. So I had to make sure I didn't get wrapped up in the whole tradition thing because ultimately I'm going to have to live it every day and love it. I feel like Clemson is that place for me."
Williams also is a high level defensive end in high school. He totaled 146 tackles and 23 sacks the last two seasons. He originally wanted to play that position in college but later determined the tight end/H-back position was his best shot, so he asked his Clemson recruiter Jeff Scott if he would recruit him for that.
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"Clemson runs an incredible offense for their tight end/H-back guy, they call it their three man, so I feel like it's a great offense for me," Williams said. "I feel like I can fit in well with it and make a lot of plays and just be a good player for them."
Williams is Clemson's 15th commitment for the 2015 class.