BUFORD, Ga. – Perhaps it was just an innocent slip up or maybe it was an indication that Tennessee has some work to do.
When Jamyest Williams was asked what schools he was considering during Nike’s The Opening Regional in Buford, Ga., on Sunday, he mentioned Georgia, Clemson, Ohio State, Auburn and Florida State. Noticeably, the Vols weren’t on the list. So, Williams, a four-star cornerback from Archer High School (Lawrenceville, Ga.) was asked if he is still considering Tennessee, where he visited earlier this month.
“Also Tennessee,” Williams said. “That’s the school I was missing, Tennessee.”
Whether the original omission was intentional, Tennessee — and any school that is recruiting Williams — will have to fight for the No. 7 cornerback in the country: Williams’ list of finalists includes some of the top programs in the nation. As for the Vols, Williams said he’s most fond of Tennessee’s tradition and defensive backs coach Willie Martinez’s history of working with defensive backs.
Williams said he has been to Tennessee three or four times. The latest trip included a meeting with coach Butch Jones.
“The last time I was there I was in Coach Jones’ office,” said Williams, who is the No. 48 player in the nation and the No. 5 prospect in Georgia. “He and my dad had a great talk. It’s great there. I just can’t wait to get back up there.”
Williams said he has never been to a Vols home game, but said he’ll probably take an official visit to Knoxville, Tenn., this fall. Williams’ most recent visit was to Georgia on Saturday.
“I really like Georgia,” 5-9, 170-pound prospect said. “I went to practice Saturday and I can see a change in what they’re doing with the program. I can see how (coach) Kirby (Smart) is intense in practice … Last year they used to loaf a lot.”
Williams also visited Clemson earlier this month. He said he has a strong relationship with the Tigers’ coaching staff. Some believe Clemson may actually lead for Williams’ services.
“They’re still up there,” he said, “but I’m wide open.”
Williams, who didn’t participate in Sunday’s drills because of minor surgery to remove a bone spur in his foot, said he will visit Ohio State on May 7. When asked what he was looking for in a school, he said, “Education and the outside life, a home feel.”
Williams said he will announce his decision sometime during the season. He said he is considering enrolling in college in January.
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