October 19, 2010

2012 intro: Phillip Williamson

Phillip Williamson has been playing football since he was five years old and he doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon. The Durham (NC) Jordan standout safety and wide receiver isn't sure where he would like to play in college yet, but anyone that is calling the 6-foot 2 and 203-pound junior has his attention.

"I'm looking at any school who will give me a scholarship," he said. "I'm coming for any college, just trying to get a free education, something easy for my parents."

Williamson has been playing varsity football since his freshman year but is a new name in the area because he and his family recently moved from Tennessee. He is enjoying his first season at Jordan, where he lines up opposite of T.J. Thorpe, a UNC commitment who plays wide receiver. Previously, he suited up for LaVergne High School.

"It's the best [playing with T.J.]," Williamson said. "He's the funnest guy on Earth [but] when it comes to pushing yourself, he's a serious guy. It's good going against T.J. [in practice], he gives me a good look as to how Carolina receivers are."

Williamson has experience playing linebacker and strong safety, but also splits out to cover wide receivers one-on-one when Jordan faces spread offenses. Safety, though, is the position he has been playing the longest. He revels in the opportunity to fly around making plays and laying the wood.

This season he has made his fair share of plays. Against Grimsley last Friday, Williamson hauled in for a catch for 20 yards on offense but really shone on defense: tallying six unofficial tackles while adding an interception and pass break-up. Williamson and Thorpe led Jordan to an 18-13 victory in front of the home crowd.

"I've always played safety," he said. "It's fun, you get to hit people.

"My favorite part about football is just to win, to see the people you play and their faces when they lose, the joy we have when we win."

Williamson is currently receiving interest from, "Clemson, Auburn, and some [small] schools in Tennessee." Duke has also sent him mail recently.

This past summer, the junior camped at NC State and Elon while also participating in a Nike Combine and a Football University Camp. Williamson runs a 4.49 in the 40-yard dash, bench presses 350 pounds, squats 450 and power cleans 245.

"All the schools around here are good so I'll go to any one of them," he reports. "I did good [at NC State's camp], they looked at me and told me to keep my head up, they'll look at me. NC State is a good college with good coaches. Their defensive coaches were cool."

He is anxiously awaiting to hear from more colleges and does not have a preference as far as location at the next level. He doesn't have a preference as to where coaches line him up, either, saying that he will be content just to play at the next level. He does admit to pulling for Georgia growing up, though.

"I'm going in as an athlete," he said. "Wherever they want me to play to get on the field, I'm trying to play."

As a sophomore, Williamson totaled 19 catches for 289 yards and eight scores while also notching 63 tackles on the other side of the ball with two sacks, a pair of interceptions and eight pass break-ups.

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