Phil Kornblut

Ex-UNC RB Ty'Son Williams admitted to USC, plans to walk on

Former Crestwood High and UNC running back Ty’Son Williams
Former Crestwood High and UNC running back Ty’Son Williams

Former Crestwood High School and UNC RB Ty’Son Williams will return to play football in his home state.

The Sumter native was accepted to South Carolina on Tuesday, which should pave the way for him to join the Gamecocks as a walk-on this season. If everything goes according to plan, Williams will redshirt as a transfer and use the GI Bill to pay his way at USC this year. The plan is to go on scholarship in 2017.

“The hardest part has been taken care of,” Williams said. “The main thing was being able to get into school and be accepted.”

When Williams left UNC, the Tar Heels prohibited him from going to a school that would land on their schedule in the next four years. The Gamecocks are scheduled to play them in 2019, so Williams had to jump through extra hurdles to be able to transfer to USC.

“I just want to thank my parents, because honestly I wouldn’t be able to do it without them,” Williams said. “With them being in the military and the GI Bill, that kind of just opened up a variety of things. I could go to any school I wanted to. With that being said, I felt comfortable going back home to South Carolina, that school and their people. I just felt comfortable with that decision

“At the end of the day, I just had to do something that I just felt was right for me, and I just felt that was right.”

Williams started to settle in on choosing USC in early June. He said the rebuilding of the football program intrigued him and is excited to begin working with head coach Will Muschamp.

“You hear his name a lot,” Williams said of Muschamp. “He’s been in a lot of great programs. For him to just come in and me being able to change this program along with him, you know that was definitely intriguing for me.”

Last season for the Tar Heels Williams rushed for 57 yards on 19 carries. As a high school senior in 2014 he rushed for 1,058 yards and 14 touchdowns. But he burst on the scene as a junior with 1,608 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns.

“I like to consider myself an all-around player,” Williams said. “I just try to be well-rounded and that’s what I want to bring to the table. I can see myself contributing in a number of ways.”

The State's David Cloninger gives his take on the South Carolina football team's three most important games in 2016 in Will Muschamp's debut season as head coach. (Photos by The State, AP, USA Today Sports Images)