As big as Zion Williamson is, it isn’t that unrealistic to envision the 6-foot-7, 292-pound freshman having a career in football if things in Basketball don’t work out.
According to Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, Zion could suit up for his Tigers right now. In a conversation between Swinney and Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski on Coach K’s “On The Latter” podcast Thursday evening, the two-time national champion head coach of the Clemson Tigers said he wouldn’t mind lining Williamson up wherever he wanted to play on his team.
“I’d put [Williamson] at tight end or wideout or [defensive] end or wherever he wanted to play,” said Swinney in the clip released by Duke in the show that airs on ESPNU Radio at 6 p.m. ET on Thursdays. “We might even put him at quarterback.”
Krzyzewski chuckled before suggesting, “You’d run the Wildcat.”
Swinney responded: “Put in the Wildcat, no doubt.”
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Williamson has been asked numerous questions about his potential on the football field throughout his career and due to his monstrous size as a Freshman, it’s pretty difficult to not see why. His father, Lateef Williamson, played in college. Williamson told ESPN that two things stopped him from playing football in high school and pursuing his potential in the sport.
“I didn’t get this size until my junior year of high school,” Williamson said. “And my [high] school doesn’t have a football team.” However, that didn’t stop LSU from offering him a football scholarship when he was in high school.
“I thought ‘Hell, why not?’ He’s probably the best damn tight end to ever live,” said former LSU tight ends coach Eric Mateos. The former tight ends coach said that LSU football coach Ed Orgeron told him to find the “best athletes in the country,” and Williamson was surely on that list.
With a promising basketball career in sight, obviously including a draft spot in the top 3, it’s safe to say that Williamson is content dribbling a basketball and not taking Trevor Lawrence’s spot under center for the time being.