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Former Gamecock David Williams staying in the SEC after all

David Williams: 'I still feel like I'm the guy'

South Carolina running back David Williams speaks after a practice in September.
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South Carolina running back David Williams speaks after a practice in September.

Former South Carolina running back David Williams is staying in the SEC.

Williams has committed to Arkansas, he indicated via Twitter on Friday night. His departure from the Gamecocks was announced in January, and he originally announced plans to transfer to Connecticut.

Williams is a graduate transfer and is eligible to play right away for the Razorbacks. South Carolina hosts Arkansas at Williams-Brice Stadium on Oct. 7.

A four-star prospect from Pennsylvania, Williams said prior to the team’s senior day game he planned to return for his senior season. However, Williams’ role diminished throughout the season, and he didn’t play in the 46-39 loss to South Florida in the Birmingham Bowl.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound running back entered fall camp No. 1 on the depth chart but immediately fell out of favor, dropping as low as fifth on the depth chart during preseason practice. He worked his way into the rotation, starting against East Carolina in Game 3 and UMass in Game 7.

He finished the year third on the team in rushing with 56 carries for 239 yards and three touchdowns. For his career, Williams had 188 carries for 794 yards and five touchdowns. He caught 27 passes for 264 yards in three years. His career-high in rushing came in his freshman season against Furman when he had 110 yards.

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