Clemson fills the first of its CB/DB slots with one of the premier corners in the 2017 class. LeAnthony Williams (6'0, 180) is a long athletic corner with good height and size at the position. He will continue to rise up recruiting boards. The latest Rivals100 has him at number 87 overall and I think that is an appropriate ranking. The 24/7 composite has him at 179 but that is with the 24/7 259th ranking dragging his ranking down. Those will continue to creep up over the coming months.
Williams plays for Roswell High School in Roswell, GA. Roswell is a powerhouse program that produces plenty of division one talent every year, but even more important, the talent is really well coached. Grabbing Tre Lamar last year opened the door as Tony Elliott has built consistent inroads but the commitment of Williams really cements that connection. Roswell is also home to another Clemson DB target Xavier McKinney who is committed to Alabama but making a lot of visits. There is the instate Georgia pull that will factor in and he just had a successful visit to UF. Williams commitment will likely keep Clemson in the mix, but McKinney will be a tough pull from SEC teams.
What Does Clemson Get
LeAnthony Williams is already an advanced technician and understands press man schemes because of his transfer to Roswell. He is always physical and knows how to jam receivers at the line. He won't be a blank slate for Coach Reed to mold--he will likely challenge for early playing time because of his knowledge combined with athleticism. LeAnthony checks all the boxes Clemson wants in their CB play. He is tall and long but physical enough to press and come up in run support. He doesn't shy away from contact in run support.
What I like about LeAnthony is I don't think we have seen his ceiling just yet. He is still getting better despite being a top 100 player. You could see it last year as his season progressed at Roswell. It was his first year in their system after transferring from Hapeville Charter Hornets in Atlanta. This is a big get for Clemson and another strong pull out of Georgia.