Running back Ty’son Williams of Crestwood High in Sumter was one of three running backs USC was looking at for their final running back in the 2015 class.
He said he knew the Gamecocks would be happy with any of the three and would take whichever one committed first.
Mon Denson of LaGrange, Ga., beat Williams and Johnny Frasier of Princeton, N.C., to the punch for the Gamecocks’ spot, but Williams did not stay on the market for long.
After Denson announced his commitment to the Gamecocks, Williams commited to North Carolina.
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“I had a good feeling with the Freak Show Camp,” Williams said of UNC coach Larry Fedora’s camp earlier this summer. “I just had to weigh things out. South Carolina’s spot got filled up. It was between them so I went with North Carolina.”
Williams did not attend USC’s camp last weekend, the first indication in recent weeks that he was drifting from the Gamecocks. And as for how things turned out, he has no regrets.
“I feel good,” he said. “South Carolina is a good school, but I like what North Carolina offers, too, as far as a degree.
“They (USC) were like, ‘the first one to jump in,’ and I was looking at it and they already had A.J. Turner. I kept talking to coach (Everette) Sands and coach (Deke) Adams and to North Carolina and still just waiting on it. They were just taking the one that jumped in first.”
Williams is the top running back in South Carolina for this class. Last season, he rushed for more than 1,500 yards and scored 16 touchdowns.