Clemson has finally gotten a solid TE as Garrett Williams signed his letter of intent today. Williams, from The First Academy in Orlando, Florida, is a 4 star TE and has been coveted by Clemson for as long as anyone can remember. The 6'4" 220 pound TE is built perfectly for the Morris, or I guess as we must now call it the ScElliott offense.Williams is a bit on the slower side with a 4.94 40, but the important thing will be his ability to go over the middle and catch passes, something we have lacked for the past two seasons.
That said Williams will still need to add some weight to his frame, but with our rather abysmal TE situation right now there is always a chance he could show up on campus this fall and earn some significant playing time. Williams was recruited by Jeff Scott and Chad Morris with Scott putting in some fantastic work on this one. The Williams family is a big donor to FSU athletics but Clemson was able to overcome that and pull a talented player who should help Deshaun Watson in the future.
QT's Take: Williams is really an unsung commit in this class. Years ago he would have been a headliner for the class with high expectations. Now he is expected to come in and contribute but with Milan Richards coming off of redshirt, there is no immediate need (he could redshirt, just depends on attrition). Williams should be a much better Stanton Seckinger. He could play the '3' position in the offense, which means he can block, flex out and catch passes, and occasionally run the ball. He won't do anything flashy but should be a solid all-around contributor. He can run the ball and actually has decent vision.
I am looking forward to having a TE who can actually block. I don't think people realize how running plays fail in this offense because of poor TE execution. Already has better blocking technique than half our current TE's. Williams played in a primarily run oriented scheme, so he will need to develop further as a pass catcher but the ability has been shown in camps. Not a burner but athletic enough to play DE in high school and run over some people. Also just another high character kid who picked us over FSU--got to love that.