Nuk Hopkins with better reach?
Mike Williams has yet to participate in his first college practice, and thus has a long journey ahead of him before he earns performance-based comparison to Clemson's first-round draft pick and likely NFL rookie starter.
But when position coach Jeff Scott talks about the lanky Lake Marion High star, there are striking similarities to what he was saying three years ago about Hopkins.
"The thing that we really like about Mike is his ball skills," said Scott of Williams, one of three freshman wide receivers on the Clemson roster. "Some guys just have a knack catching the ball at its highest point.
"I know that's something that people say all the time, but it's really something that you're born with...even though it's certainly something that can be improved on. Mike is a guy who that's just natural to - going up and attacking the ball. He has a great frame."
Hopkins had the same ability to 'high-point' the ball, which allowed him to win in-the-air battles against sometimes taller defenders. The similarities between Hopkins and the 6-foot-4 Williams don't stop there, however.
"They're definitely similar in their ball skills and their ability to go attack the ball in the air," said Scott. "Both of them are also very good basketball players. Their body styles are different, in that Mike is a little bit taller, whereas Nuk was more of a point guard-type in basketball. But as far as attacking the ball and the ability to use your body to kind of box out, they're very similar."
Scott said it took only an afternoon in camp last summer to sell the Tiger coaching staff on Williams.
"Just being around him and having him in camp, we saw everything that we needed to see," Scott said. "You can't coach height like that, and then you put that together with the advanced ball skills. I'd say that his ball skills are right up there with some of the best guys we've ever had come through here last few years.
"I'm excited to get him out there and see how he does over the next few weeks, and then, physically, what he's going to look like after being in the weight room for a year or two. He's got all the potential, and a real chance to be a very special player."