There arent many running backs in the country like David Williams from Imhotep Charter in Philadelphia. Williams doesnt need a lot of room to operate. He just needs a small hole and a few blocks and he is in the open field heading for a score.
Williams, a 6-foot-1, 202-pound senior, will be showcasing his explosive running skills at South Carolina next season.
Im excited about going down there, said Williams, a consensus four-star prospect. I think I can help their program. Im working out now. I want to get stronger. South Carolina plays in the Southeastern Conference and thats big-time college football. Im looking forward to playing against some great players.
Williams rushed for 1,790 yards on 194 attempts and scored 23 touchdowns as a senior. He led Imhotep Charter to the Philadelphia Public League Class AA championship and a spot in the PIAA Class AA semifinals. The Panthers finished with a 14-1 record.
He had a great season for us, said Albie Crosby, Imhotep Charter head coach. Hell do well at South Carolina. David is a great running back. He has good speed. He can get to the outside and get down field. He had a lot of big runs for us. He knows how to cut back.
This is a good opportunity for him. South Carolina has a good football program. They were in a (Outback) bowl game. Steve Spurrier is a great coach. Its nice that hell have a chance to play for a coach like him. Hes only going to help David get better.
Tom Lemming, recruiting analyst for the CBS Sports Network, has seen a number of the nations best high school football players. He is impressed with Williams ability to succeed at the next level.
I always thought he was one of the top running backs in the country, Lemming said. I selected him for the Semper Fidelis All American Bowl game. Hes a good sized back. He has great vision and balance.
I think its good that Marcus Lattimore (South Carolina running back) left for the NFL. So, now I think its pretty wide open. They have a couple good backs. David is just as talented if not more talented than the ones they have. Hes just a little younger. As far as running backs are concerned, they almost play right away. I think hell come in and contribute. I think if the circumstances fall into place he could play a whole lot.
Williams was highly recruited by Division I schools such as Penn State, Arizona State, Ohio State, Miami, Auburn and Tennessee. However, the All Public League standout really wanted to play for Spurrier.
Im excited about getting a chance to play for Coach Spurrier, Williams said. Hes an iconic coach. They have a good football team. They have a great tradition. Im really happy about going there.
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