Duke football offers highly rated JUCO defensive tackle Jalen Williams

A Duke football helmet on the sidelines prior to a game. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
A Duke football helmet on the sidelines prior to a game. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images) /

The Duke football program offered one of the highest-rated JUCO prospects in the Class of 2021, Jalen Williams.

Junior college football players are perhaps the least talked about, but most productive players on a team.

David Cutcliffe has noticed that as the Duke Blue Devils have just offered Class of 2021 JUCO defensive tackle Jalen Williams.

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Williams is one of the highest-rated prospects in his class among junior college players, ranking as a four-star recruit and the No. 9 player in the Class of 2021, as well as the No. 1 defensive tackle and No. 4 player in the state of Mississippi, according to the 247 Sports JUCO Rankings.

The Tylertown, Mississippi native currently plays at Jones County Junior College and holds offers from Ole Miss, Arkansas, Florida State, Auburn, Baylor, Georgia, and others.

The Rebels, Razorbacks, and Seminoles seem to be the current favorites to land the defensive star.

247 Sports’ Crystal Ball has Jalen Williams staying home and attending Ole Miss with a six-out-of-ten confidence rating.

Jalen Williams stands at a monstrous and imposing 6-foot-3 and 310 pounds on the defensive line.


Duke only extended an offer to Williams on June 23 as the Blue Devils currently boast a 12-man recruiting class, split evenly between offensive and defensive players.

However, none of the players are defensive tackles, but one player, Durham native Aaron Hall, is a weak-side defensive lineman.

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Those twelve players combine to create the No. 44 recruiting class in the country and the No. 12 class in the ACC, according to 247 Sports.

Jalen Williams has not given a timetable on a possible announcement date nor a potential cutdown date of his list, but Blue Devil fans should not get too excited on this prospect landing in Durham given his ties to the south, specifically Mississippi, playing his high school and junior college ball in the state.