Garrett Williams is blazing his own path.
A lifelong Florida State fan whose dad played fullback for the Seminoles under Bobby Bowden, the four-star Orlando, Florida tight end committed to Clemson's 2015 recruiting class Monday during a speaker-phone call with Clemson's coaches from his high school.
The 6-4, 225-pound Williams stars on both sides of the ball at The First Academy, but is being recruited by Clemson for its hybrid tight end/H-back position.
The son of former Florida State fullback Dayne Williams, he picked Clemson over FSU, Stanford and Auburn.
Williams is ranked as the nation's No. 2 tight end-H back by ESPN, which lists him among the top 25 overall prospects in talent-rich Florida. Rivals ranks him No. 3 among tight ends, and among the top 150 players nationally.
Academically, Williams has a 4.9 GPA on a five-point scale and a 4.35 on a four-point scale.
"It was an incredibly difficult decision,” Williams told the Orlando Sentinel. "All of the schools are extremely incredible programs ... After every visit (to Clemson), I was high on the school...The main reason is because I love what they stand for and love all the coaches and, indeed, that's where God is leading me to go."
Williams' primary recruiter was Clemson recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach Jeff Scott.
According to the Sentinel, Williams' decision resulted in a rare package-deal bonus for the Clemson athletic program:
'After Williams wrapped up his phone call, his girlfriend, Kennedy Wilson-Talmadge, called Clemson volleyball coach Jolene Hoover to inform her she was committing to Clemson."
The addition of Williams continues a torrid recruiting streak for the Tigers, who just in the last week have added four-star defensive tackle Sterling Johnson, four-star offensive tackle Zach Giella, three-star cornerback Juwuan Briscoe, and Williams to their 2015 commitment list.
Counting grayshirt linebackers J.D. and Judah Davis, Clemson now has 17 commitments for 2015. The Tigers are expected to take about 25 players.
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