When Clemson's coaches huddle in recruiting meetings, Dabo Swinney wants to hear his position coaches voice strong opinions on the players being recruited to fill spots on their rosters.
Consider Jeff Scott Clemson's strongest advocate for wide receiver signee Mike Williams.
"We had Mike at camp last summer and I've been watching him for a couple of years," said Scott, who'll join Kyrin Priester as additions to Clemson's receiving corps. "He's a guy who after about three reps at camp, yes, we knew."
Once Clemson offered, Williams made his decision, choosing the Tigers over state rival South Carolina. He was one of the new in-state players that Clemson and Carolina went head-to-head for during the 2013 cycle.
Scott said the things that stand out immediately about Williams are his size and ball skills, and he said any doubts about Williams' speed were erased within a few minutes of camp workouts.
"Mike has a very big frame at 6-5, and is a guy who's going to continue to develop physically," Scott said. "But the thing that really stands out to me about him is his ball skills. He's very athletic and is an excellent basketball player."
Scott said that Williams, who has always followed his football seasons by moving immediately to basketball, will benefit from becoming a full-time football player.
"We see him as one of these elite guys who's going to be a special player," said Scott. "Coach Marion Hobby did a great job recruiting him. Mike could have been one of those guys who waited until the very end and would definitely have had a lot of opportunities. But as coaches we were very excited when he committed this summer."
Mike Williams' Signing Day Bio
- Four-Star wide receiver according to all major recruiting services
- Ranked as #180 player in the nation by 24/7 and the number-two player in the state of South Carolina
- Ranked as #199 overall player in the nation by ESPN and #3 player in South Carolina
- Ranked as a top 300 All-American by PrepStar, which lists him as a 4-Star player
- No. 19 wide receiver in the nation according to Tom Lemming and MaxPreps
- First Shrine Bowl player from his high school in 12 years
- As a senior had 60 receptions for 1,395 yards and 10 touchdowns
- As a junior caught 66 passes for 1,296 yards and 11 scores.
- Had 42 catches as a sophomore
- Orangeburg Times and Democrat Area Player of the Year
- Showed his all-around abilities by playing quarterback a few snaps as a junior, he threw for 354 yards and three touchdowns on just 20 completions
- Played in the Offense-Defense Bowl in Houston, Texas
- Coached by Chris Carter at Lake Marion HS
- Recruited by Marion Hobby
- Born October 4, 1994