South Carolina landed a commitment from its top running back prospect Friday night when David Williams of Philadelphia made his announcement during the Semper-Fidelis All American Bowl in Carson, Calif.
Williams (6-1, 192) picked the Gamecocks over Arizona State, which he visited officially in September. He also considered Penn State, Ohio State and Miami.
"From the beginning of the recruiting process, they've been there strong," Williams said. "They've been to my house. Coach Spurrier has shown a lot of interest."
Williams, a consensus four-star prospect, rushed more than over 1,800 yards and 24 touchdowns this season. With Marcus Lattimore and Kenny Miles leaving USC, he'll be looking for an early chance to play.
"I think I fit perfect (with the offense)," he said. "I can come in and have an opportunity to play early."
Williams is scheduled for his official visit to USC in two weeks. Williams made an unofficial visit to Columbia in the spring, and that put the Gamecocks in the lead position with him.
“It's the relationship with the coaching staff,” he said. “I enjoyed myself on the visit and I can see myself playing there.”
Williams is the 20th commitment for the Gamecocks' 2013 class and the second running back, joining Neptune Beach, Fla., tailback Jamari Smith.