The Gamecocks are in search for the next running back to fill in for the great Marcus Lattimore.
Lattimore announced on December 12 that he would enter the NFL draft and skip his senior season. The Gamecocks have some quality talent on hand to step in like Mike Davis, Brandon Wilds and Shon Carson. However, as with most dominant college football teams, you can never have too much talent.
This is why South Carolina has been after Philadelphia, P.A. running back David Williams. Williams, a 6'1", 203-pound running back from Imhotep Institute Charter has finalized his list to a final three of South Carolina, Arizona State and Penn State. Williams has drawn interest from around the country, including Tennessee, Miami and Ohio State, but narrowed it down to those three schools after carefully thinking about what schools offer him the best opportunity for his future.
This week, Williams is participating in the Semper Fi All-American Bowl Game, where he has already turned heads on Day Two of practice. Here's what 247sports.com's Barton Simmons had to say about Williams:
The running back group is very good on the East side and though there wasn’t a clear leader among the group, Williams may have made the most elite plays. Williams has a lot of wiggle in space and he made some crisp elite cuts with the ball in his hands in tight spots as well.
Williams is a taller running back but has the unique ability to make elusive cuts and has quickness that you wouldn't expect from a bigger running back. He would certainly add a lot of value to the South Carolina backfield, or any backfield, when he makes his decision.
Williams knows which school he will choose and plans to announce this Friday at some point during the Semper Fi All-American Bowl Game. Based on everything we know at this time, Williams is expected to announce his commitment to the Gamecocks. This is something that's been in the works for awhile as the Gamecocks' coaching staff has done an excellent job here. Williams has yet to take his official visit to South Carolina and has visits to Miami and Penn State scheduled, but you can bet those visits won't take place if, and basically when, Williams commits to the Gamecocks.
Stay tuned this weekend for what should be one of the nice final pieces to the puzzle that is the class of 2013 for the Gamecocks. Williams will be an excellent pickup for the Gamecocks and one that will likely be well-received from all the fans out there in Gamecock Nation.