When Brent Venables got his first look at Jalen Williams last summer, he asked him to stick around for a while.
A few days later, Williams received a somewhat unusual scholarship offer.
The Tigers, with numbers tight for 2014 and linebackers Korie Rogers and Chris Register already committed, and Kendall Joseph soon to join them, Clemson offered Williams as a greyshirt - giving him the opportunity to enroll in January, 2015 as a member of the Tigers' 2015 recruiting class.
On Friday, he accepted the greyshirt offer, choosing to wait a year on Clemson over immediate 2014 offers from Appalachian State, Towson, Air Force, Wofford and Furman.
The 6-0, 220-pound Blythewood, S.C. standout is rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals and 247Sports.
He becomes the fifth member of the Tigers' 2015 class of commitments, and the third 2014 greyshirt linebacker, joining twins Judah and J.D. Davis of Daniel High.
Clemson also has commitments from defensive back/wide receiver Van Smith from West Mecklenburg High in Charlotte, and offensive lineman Noah Green, from Boiling Springs, S.C.
Clemson continues to pursue Raekwon McMillan, the nation's top-rated inside linebacker for 2014, who has narrowed his choices to Clemson, Georgia, Alabama and Ohio State.