We’re close to the opener against NC State and to wrap up the Final Cockdown we’re looking down a list of potential impact defensive backs for South Carolina this season:
Chris Lammons + Jamarcus King | MJ Webb | DJ Smith | Steven Montac | Rashad Fenton Jamyest Williams | Kaleb Chalmers | Tavyn Jackson | Keisean Nixon | Antoine Wilder + Chris Smith | Zay Brown + Javon Charleston | Jaylin Dickerson | Griffin Gentry | Hassan Belton
#21 Jamyest Williams
Freshman / 5’9’’ / 175 / Dacula, Ga. / Grayson
Williams won the hearts of Gamecock fans when he committed to South Carolina on ESPNU before his senior year surrounded by family and friends. He was immediately seen as the starlet of the 2017 signing class, but that was quickly drowned out when murmurs arose he might flip to Georgia on signing day.
But come signing day Williams grabbed the Gamecock hat and secured his place on the Gamecock roster for 2017. Williams comes from Grayson High School — an Atlanta-area powerhouse which has produced the Nkemdiche brothers and Wayne Gallman. If his high school’s pedigree holds up, Williams could be an impact player early in his career.
Williams has all the talent in the world, but it’s unclear right now as to whether or not he’ll get playing time early on in his career. The hope is his hype doesn’t catch up with him and gets lost in the DB mix.
Select highlight: Here’s an impressive mix tape from Williams senior year showcasing his ball skills and open-field speed.
2016 Stats: N/A
Recruitment: Four star; Offers from Georgia, Alabama, Oklahoma, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, LSU, Louisville, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Texas A&M, Southern Cal, Stanford and South Carolina. Committed to SC on Aug. 25, 2016.
Next up: Kaleb Chalmers, a Greenwood native who spent his JUCO years at NW Mississippi JUCO before landing in Columbia.