Clemson beats out Alabama, Auburn for top receiver in Alabama

The top receiver in Alabama is once again heading to Clemson.

The Tigers landed a commitment from four-star wide out E.J. Williams on Saturday. Williams chose Clemson over offers from Alabama, Auburn and others.

Williams is from Phenix City, Alabama and attends Central High, the same school and hometown that produced current Clemson receiver Justyn Ross.

Ross chose the Tigers over Alabama, Auburn and others as a member of the class of 2018 and starred for the Tigers as a freshman.

The “coach I have the strongest relationship with is (Clemson WR) coach Jeff Scott,” Williams said. “We talk every day about how I would fit in at Clemson. I feel like I can make an immediate impact. They told me I would be the “Nine” man, what Tee Higgins and Ross play. I’d be the boundary receiver.”

Williams is rated as a four-star recruit, the No. 20 receiver and the No. 94 overall prospect in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

He is rated as the No. 4 player in Alabama and the top receiver in the state.

Clemson’s recent history of taking in top flight receivers and moving them on to the NFL wasn’t lost on Williams.

“They develop players real well,” Williams said. “When Justyn was coming out of high school, I wouldn’t think he’d go for a thousand yards his freshman year and have the most receiver yards on the team. That just shows that they have a great offense and they know how to throw the ball and spread the field.”

Phil Kornblut contributed