Signing Day Predictions: Tigers push for strong finish

Andrew Williams (GoVolsXtra.com Photo)

Andrew Williams (GoVolsXtra.com Photo)

Most of Clemson's 2014 crop of recruits are either on campus or on board with a commitment, but at least three top prospects will keep the Tiger coaches' attention on Signing Day.

4-star DE Andrew Williams - 2 p.m. (on ESPN3)

The McDonough, Ga. product has kept a lively log of his recruiting experience on Twitter.

But now it's down to the nitty-gritty and he talked about his decision-making process on Fox Sports recently.

"Obviously I have to (decide)," Williams said. "I can't please everybody. It's kind of a selfish decision. I've established a great relationship with each of the coaches. It's going to be hard regardless saying bye (to them). I'm not trying to burn any bridges, but then again it's my decision and my family's decision. It's going to be hard, but I'm ready for it."

Williams' priorities in making his choice aren't all tied to the football field.

"I'm relentless. I want to be great," he said. "Great education, that's first. Great coaching staff and a school that's going to help me develop as a man and not just a football player."

Clemson and Auburn have been the clear one-two for a while, but Georgia has made a late push.

"A couple weeks ago coach (Jeremy) Pruitt came by - he's a great guy," Williams said. "He managed to get me on an official so that should say a lot. It went great...It was a good visit in general."

Williams says his work ethic will be his strongest attribute at the next level.

"I'm a hard-worker," he said. "Starting from ninth grade, I was a little skinny kid. I work hard. That's what got me here and God providing me with whatever I have. Wherever I go, I will try to out-work everyone I go against. Just become the best I can be. That's how I play on the field."

Predictions: 247Sports' panel all have him Auburn-bound. Kipp Adams said, "Clemson put up a fight, with Williams enjoying his time with Dabo Swinney and the rest of his staff. Georgia went all in on Williams with the arrival of Jeremy Pruitt from Florida State, and word out of Athens, Ga. is that Williams had an outstanding time during his official visit over the weekend. But that is likely not going to be enough to overtake Auburn, whose efforts by defensive line coach Rodney Garner will pay off with Williams spurning Garner's former employer to play for the defending SEC Champions."

4-star DE/OLB Richard Yeargin III - 9/9:30 a.m.

Yeargin III was a Notre Dame commit all through the 2013 season and up to a couple weeks ago. Not even 24 hours after, it appeared he had pulled the trigger on a Clemson commit, but he's waiting until Signing Day to announce that pick.

His school probably spoiled any surprise though...

Predictions: Like Williams, 247Sports' panel is all in agreement on Yeargin III, in favor of the ACC's Tigers. Barton Simmons said, “The writing has been on the wall for a while here. Since his decommitment from Notre Dame, Clemson has been the clear leader and I would be surprised to see him end up anywhere else.”

3-star DL Cory Thomas - 10 a.m.

Thomas is kind of in the situation Clemson safety Korrin Wiggins was last year, as a commit of another school leaning Tigers. Thomas has gone as far as saying Clemson was his leader after an official visit not long ago.

He currently finds himself in a crowded Tennessee commit class, of 34, and one of seven d-linemen. If Thomas signs with Clemson, he would join Jabril Robinson (3-star DT) and Chris Register (likely moving from LB to DE) among new Tiger d-linemen.

Prediction: Flips to Clemson.

Check back with us on OrangeandWhite.com tomorrow all day with instant analysis over Clemson's 2014 class in our live blog, and in the afternoon, we'll bring you Dabo Swinney and Jeff Scott's breakdown of the new crop of Tigers.

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