Jamyest Williams won’t wear his familiar No. 1 jersey at South Carolina. At least not for now.
Williams, the four-star cornerback from Grayson High School in Georgia, will wear No. 21 this season for the Gamecocks, he told The State ahead of his enrollment at USC. Williams’ high school jersey number of No. 1 is taken at the moment by South Carolina standout wide receiver Deebo Samuel.
When Samuel leaves South Carolina, either after the 2017 season as an early entrant into the NFL Draft or after the 2018 season when his eligibility runs out, Williams will inherit the No. 1 jersey, Williams said.
The Gamecocks have often had offensive and defensive players wear the same number, but that won’t work with Williams and Samuel because they could be on the field at the same time on special teams ... or even occasionally on offense.
“Deebo is the guy I am most looking forward to going against up there (in practice),” Williams said.
Williams is the most highly regarded prospect in the Gamecocks 2017 signing class.
The pressure of being the “face” of the newcomers doesn’t bother Williams, he said.
“I don’t really feel much pressure at all. It’s exciting to me honestly,” he said. “It’s a blessing to be able to go in as one of the top-rated guys because that means I’ve got a lot of expectations, and I’ve always had expectations growing up. Every team I’ve played for growing up, I’ve always been that guy, and I’ve always felt like I had to put the team on my back. This is just another stepping stone to do that.”
Ten things to know about Jamyest Williams
Little guy complex
At 5-foot-9, 174 pounds, Williams is the smallest player in the Gamecocks’ signing class of 2017.
Honey Badger 2?
He tries to play like Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu, a star at LSU despite being 5-9.
Best in class
Williams was rated as a 4-star prospect and the country’s eighth-best cornerback.
He joins Zay Brown, Tavyn Jackson, Keisean Nixon and Kaleb Chalmers in trying to earn a spot in the USC secondary.
He turned down a strong push from Georgia – he is from Athens – to stick with the Gamecocks.
He thought South Carolina was a stronger fit for him and would give him a chance to grow more than staying near home.
Jam or jelly?
Don’t know how to pronounce Jamyest? Don’t worry. Just call him “Jam.” He likes that.
What’s his vert?
Jamyest can really jump. He has close to a 40-inch vertical leap.
“He has great ball skills and judgment down the field to finish on plays. The guy is really special with the ball in his hands.”
At one point before Signing Day in February, Williams had more Twitter followers than any other recruit in Georgia.