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2017 Frank W. Cox DE Jordan Williams Commits to Clemson



Four-star 2017 defensive end Jordan Williams is now a Clemson Tiger. He announced his commitment to the Tigers Saturday, August 6. He becomes the second defensive end in Clemson’s 2017 recruiting class. With his commitment, Clemson has the 10th ranked 2017 recruiting class nationally and second in the ACC. Clemson beat out Virginia, Virginia Tech and Tennessee for his services. Williams was also named to the 2017 ESPN 300 class at number 255 on the list. The Clemson Tigers will be getting a guy who can rush the passer and do a lot more. If given the chance to start as a freshman, he could potentially put fear in quarterbacks for all four years. Click the link to see his Sports Rants profile or read it below.

Jordan Williams Got His Grit And Toughness From His Grandmother

Jordan Williams’s grandmother, Lula Williams, was very strict but she knew how to have fun and live a lot. Jordan Williams said that she always treated him like he was her own child and had gifts and food for him when he would visit her. He learned more about his grandmother when she battled sickness late in her life and it has given him the strength and mental fortitude he has on the football field today.

“…She was in a retirement home and she was getting really sick. She was starting to forget a lot of things but she never stopped fighting and she told my dad who told me that when she was younger, she said, ‘Don’t take my life away. God has His plan that when He’s ready to call on me, He will,’” “She always fought through everything and she had a really bad sickness [in the nursing home] and then she finally passed. I get a lot of things from her. I never quit during workouts, I work hard not to, I work hard at everything that I do and never gave up because she never gave up. That has had a huge impact on my life.”

She passed away in 2014 before one of Williams’s summer league basketball games and he played one of his best games that day.

“I felt like that was the toughest thing I had to overcome knowing that I couldn’t go down to North Carolina and see her like I wanted to and I had to go to the funeral and see her the way she was. I felt like that was one of the toughest things I had to overcome so far,” he said.

He started playing football at four years old. His parents wanted him to play a sport so he played football. Basketball has always been a passion of his but he has seen more success with football so he said he will stay 100 percent committed to that sport in college.

Jordan Williams hails from Virginia Beach, Virginia and he loves his city. According to the 247Sports Composite, The six-foot-four and a half, 260 pounder is a four star recruit in the 2017 class, the 12th best weak-side defensive end and fifth best player in Virginia.

He has received close to 30 scholarship offers so far from these schools: Clemson, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland and more.

He is now a senior with the Frank W. Cox Falcons (Va.) and last season he recorded 39 tackles (19 solo), 13 tackles for loss, five sacks, two interceptions, seven pass breakups, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries (one touchdown) in 12 games.

He narrowed down his top five schools to Clemson, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Ohio State. Here’s what he had to say about the list and the recruiting process as a whole.

“I just want to go with a program that has definitely made an impact and [effort] to stay in contact with me and talk to my parents and me all the time. I’m also going to look at what they have ahead of me that’s already there and what they have coming in,” he said. “That’s going to play the biggest part [for me] because I don’t want to go somewhere and sit two or three years before I touch the field like I want to. That’s going to have an impact and also if they have the major I want to major in.”

He wants to major in sports medicine and says his family will play a big role in his commitment decision.

“My family does have a huge role in my life and my recruiting process as well. They’re not the type of parents that tell me ‘No, you can’t go to this school,’ they want me to go wherever I’m happy. They do give me their input but they don’t tell me I can’t go to a certain school.”

He said that the recruiting process has been a huge blessing for him and his family. It’s stressful but it’s a good kind of stress to have and his message to other recruits going through it is simple.

“…It’s definitely a process I would say enjoy while you can and take all the visits, go to all the games, talk to all the coaches and enjoy it. Don’t let it stress you out to much because it’s supposed to be fun.”

He plans to make his commitment decision sometime in August but the actual day is not set.

[youtube]“I’m definitely more effective getting to the passer on throwing downs. I’m good at stopping the run as well. If something comes my way, I’m not going to let it get past me. I’m getting after the quarterback,” Jordan Williams said about where he’s most effective on the field.

His motor is nonstop. That’s what he said is the best part of his game.

“…Honestly, when I play football, my motor is nonstop and you can’t teach effort. My motor has a huge impact on what I do and different things like that,” he said.

To be a complete football player, he feels like he needs to work on technique and he’s gotten a lot of help by participating in “The Opening,” and “Rivals 5-Star Challenge,” camps this summer.

“That has had a huge impact on me, being able to take coaching from guys that have been doing it for a long time,” he said.

Williams just needed an opportunity to get on the field and before he got that opportunity, he was playing defensive tackle at 185 pounds in his sophomore year. His position change to defensive end was the beginning of his success that he is seeing now.

“My sophomore season, there was a guy ahead of me [at defensive tackle] and he was bigger than me, he was stronger so I didn’t play that much in the early season. The coaches felt like I was too good not to be on the field and at defensive end, it was different,” he said.

He struggled making the transition and figuring out how to play his new position. Everything came together for him toward the end of his sophomore season and camp season where he got a chance to see how he stacked up against some of the best high school talent in the country that summer.

“I was going against these big name guys that I had no idea about. I was working out with some these guys and I felt like I was just as good if not better than some [of them],” he said. “After that, I got the mindset that I’m the best out there, nobody can compete with me, and I’m going to do whatever it takes to beat the guy ahead of me.”

He said that going to the “The Opening,” Finals, a first for him, in Beaverton, Oregon on July 5, will be another huge opportunity to show the world what he can do. It has been a childhood dream of his and he has had friends like Josh Sweat,Levonta Taylor and Jaquan Yulee play in it as well.

“Being able to see a lot of those guys compete in it, it is something I wanted to accomplish this year. Being able to go down to the regionals in New Jersey, compete and make the final five [for defensive linemen] and then get the invite for Oregon and I did, it was definitely more exciting than any offer I could’ve gotten except for the first one,” he said.

You can watch the “The Opening,” Finals on ESPN Tuesday, July 5, at 8 AM. Set your DVR’s.

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Louisiana Tech Sports Facilities Damaged by Tornado



A deadly tornado, which has been linked to the death of at least 5 people across two states, damaged several sports facilities located on the campus of Louisiana Tech, according to ESPN.

While no injuries have been reported among the students at the school, two people were killed when the storm ripped through Ruston, Louisiana and caused a tree to fall onto their home.

The school is closed on Thursday and Friday, and the following images were shared on Twitter by the Athletic’s Department, showcasing some of the damage.

National Weather Service hydrologist C. S. Ross said that the deadly tornado cut a track over 130 miles from eastern Texas to near the Louisiana-Arkansas border.

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Ex-Oregon Duck Doug Brenner Sues Willie Taggart, NCAA, University for $11.5 Million



Former Oregon Ducks offensive lineman Doug Brenner has filed a lawsuit against the NCAA, University of Oregon, former Ducks’ head coach Willie Taggart, and former Ducks’ strength coach Irele Oderinde, for $11.5 million in alleged damages, according to The Oregonian’s James Crepea.

Per the report:

“Brenner’s attorneys allege the University of Oregon was negligent for failing to prohibit, regulate or supervise the workouts, which they describe as ‘physical punishment regimens.’ The lawsuit also alleges that Taggart and Oderinde, both now at Florida State, were negligent in imposing and carrying out the workouts, and that the NCAA has failed to regulate such practices by coaches of its member institutions.”

Brenner was hospitalized last year, January 2017, with “rhabdomyolysis and subsequent injuries” after a series of intense offseason workouts, and is seeking damages for the medical bills he accrued due to the workouts, along with the “severe injuries, some of which are permanent, permanent renal injury, a shortening of his life span by upwards of 10 years, increased susceptibility of kidney failure, kidney disease, and death, severe physical and emotional pain, [and premature death] and an impaired opportunity to play football in college and thereafter.”

The report goes on to say that offensive lineman Sam Poutasi and tight end Cam McCormick were also hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis, but neither player has been named as being a part of the lawsuit.

Taggart is now the head coach, and Oderinde is currently the strength and conditioning coach for the Florida State Seminoles.

One of the lawyers representing Brenner, Mark McDougal, said the following about the workouts referred to in the lawsuit:

“The drills were done in unison, and whenever a player faltered, vomited, or fainted, his teammates were immediately punished with additional repetitions. A key goal of this lawsuit is to force the NCAA to ban these kinds of punishing, abusive workouts. These workouts are contrary to NCAA guidelines for protecting players from injury and death. The NCAA needs to enact and enforce regulations that outlaw these practices.”


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Hurricane Florence Could Impact A Number of Games



Hurricane Florence could threaten a number of games scheduled this week as the major storm system continues to threaten the United States Eastern Coast.

According to USA Today Sports, here are the games that could be impacted by the pending storm:


Sunday, Sept. 16

Carolina at Atlanta, 1 p.m.
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Indianapolis at Washington, 1 p.m.
New England at Jacksonville, 4:25 p.m.

College football

Wednesday, Sept. 12

Campbell at Coastal Carolina, 2:00 (rescheduled from Saturday)

Thursday, Sept. 13

Boston College at Wake Forest, 7:30

Saturday, Sept. 15 

Georgia Southern at No. 2 Clemson, 3:30
Middle Tennessee at No. 3 Georgia, 7:15
No. 13 LSU at No. 7 Auburn, 3:30
East Carolina at No. 11 Virginia Tech, 12:20
No. 15 West Virginia at North Carolina State, 3:30
No. 18 Central Florida at North Carolina, 12:00
Ohio at Virginia, 3:00
Southern Miss at Appalachian State, 3:30
Colorado State at Florida, 4:00
Old Dominion at Charlotte, 6:00
Norfolk State at Liberty, 6:00
Marshall at South Carolina, 7:30


Wednesday, Sept. 12

Miami at N.Y. Mets, 4:10, Game 2 TBA
Oakland at Baltimore*, 7:05
Washington at Philadelphia*, 7:05
Toronto at Boston, 7:10

Thursday, Sept. 13

Chicago Cubs at Washington*, 4:05
Oakland at Baltimore*, 7:05
Miami at N.Y. Mets, 7:10
Toronto at Boston, 7:10

Friday, Sept. 14

Chic. White Sox at Baltimore, 7:05
Miami at Philadelphia*, 7:05
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees*, 7:05
N.Y. Mets at Boston, 7:10
Washington at Atlanta*, 7:35

Saturday, Sept. 15

Washington at Atlanta*, 1:05
N.Y. Mets at Boston, 4:05
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees*, 4:05
Chicago White Sox at Baltimore, 7:05
Miami at Philadelphia*, 7:05

Sunday, Sept. 16

Chicago White Sox at Baltimore, 1:05
N.Y. Mets at Boston, 1:05
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees*, 1:05
Miami at Philadelphia*, 1:35
Washington at Atlanta*, 1:35

*- games with playoff implications

Minor League Baseball

Wednesday, Sept. 12
Carolina League: Potomac (Va.) at Buies Creek (N.C.), 1:05

Thursday, Sept. 13
Carolina League: Buies Creek (N.C.) at Potomac (Va.). 7:05
International League: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) at Durham (N.C.), 7:05

Friday, Sept. 14
Carolina League: Buies Creek (N.C.) at Potomac (Va.), 7:05
International League: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) at Durham (N.C.) 7:05

Saturday, Sept. 15
Carolina League: Buies Creek (N.C.) at Potomac (Va.), 6:35
International League: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) at Durham (N.C.), 7:05

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