Williams, Smith highlight class of Midlands athletes inked in early signing period

Williams, Smith highlight class of Midlands athletes inked in early signing period
Cam Smith (left) and Greg Williams signed to South Carolina and Clemson respectively. (Source: WIS)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - For the second consecutive year, football players from around the country will put pen to paper to sign their National Letters of Intent to play football for the schools of their choice. On Wednesday, players in the Midlands made their decisions official by signing to college football programs.

Greg Williams made his decision to play for Clemson official on Wednesday morning. The Swansea star, who played in this year Shrine Bowl, finished the year with 78 tackles, a sack, two forced fumbles, and three interceptions during his senior campaign. With his help, the Tigers were able to make a second-round appearance in the Class 3-A playoffs. For Williams, finally being able to sign his letter of intent is a dream come true.

“I love the atmosphere,” Williams said when asked about his decision. “When I was looking for colleges, I was looking for a college that could be my second home. When I went to Clemson, I looked around at the atmosphere and I could see how people take pride in what they do. Whether it was a custodian or just a manager, everybody took pride in what they did and I felt like that was the place for me.”

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About 40 miles north of Swansea, Cam Smith signed with South Carolina. The Westwood senior defensive back helped the Redhawks reach the second round of the Class 4-A playoffs. Smith, also a Shrine Bowl selection this season, had 65 tackles, four tackles for loss, 16 pass breakups, and four forced fumbles in his final year under head coach Dustin Curtis. For Smith, finally realizing one of his goals has been surreal.

“It’s just a dream come true,” he said. “Just knowing that all my hard work is paying off, that I basically just solidified myself into Gamecock Nation.”

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Here’s a look at who has signed so far:

Greg Williams, Swansea LB (Clemson)

Cam Smith, Westwood DB (South Carolina)

Kendrell Flowers, Irmo RB (Wake Forest)

Jalen Geiger, Spring Valley DB (Kentucky)

Alex Herrera, Spring Valley K (South Carolina*)

Anthony Wilson, Spring Valley (Georgia Southern)

Malik Wesley, Spring Valley WR (UNLV)

Quincy Riley, A.C. Flora WR (Middle Tennessee St.)

Zion Nelson, Sumter OL (Miami)

Tayvian Gass, Sumter OL (Wofford)

Eric Watts, Sumter DL (Connecticut)

Joshua Simon, Crestwood TE (Western Kentucky)

Nic Rogers, Blythewood DL (The Citadel)

Quinton Patten, Blythewood QB (Charlotte)

Raquon Hartley, Saluda LB (Middle Tennessee St.)

*Preferred Walk-On

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