A bigger David Williams sets sights on playing as a freshman

Special to GoGamecocksJune 12, 2013 

David Williams

BILL ACHUFF — Special to GoGamecocks

David Williams has rolled up his sleeves in preparation for his freshman year at South Carolina.

Williams, an All-American running back from Philadelphia’s Imhotep Charter High School, seems to be ready to step out on the gridiron and play for the Gamecocks.

“I’ve been anticipating it all school year ever since I committed,” Williams said. “I’ve been lifting to try to gain weight and working on my speed. I’m trying to get faster and fill in all the aspects of my game.”

The weightlifting has paid off. Williams has gotten bigger during the offseason.

“I’m 6-foot and a half, and 208,” Williams said. “I was 198 pounds last season. My goal was to go in at 210 and not be that far behind and I could just get acclimated in the weight training.”

The four-star prospect is coming off a big senior season.

He rushed for 1,790 yards on 194 carries while scoring 23 touchdowns. He averaged 9.2 yards a carry. He led Imhotep Charter to a 14-1 overall record and a PIAA District 12 Class AA title.

Williams, a great runner between the tackles with good speed in the open field, has a goal to get some playing time as a true freshman. He believes there will be a transition period for him in his first season.

Sophomore Mike Davis and redshirt sophomore Brandon Wilds are the front-runners for the lead tailback spot, but head coach Steve Spurrier said Williams will get a shot to crack the rotation.

“They told me to come in and be ready to play,” Williams said. “It’s probably going to be hard for me at first just getting adjusted and going to class. I just have to get used to what it’s like being down there as a college student. I know it’s different from high school.”

Williams enrolled at South Carolina in June and is one of two running backs in the Gamecocks’ 2013 signing class, joining Jamari Smith of Neptune Beach, Fla.

It was a big year for high school football prospects in Philadelphia. Williams was a big part of that. He is a member of a solid class of Philly high school football players heading to Division I schools, including Justin Moody (George Washington, Pittsburgh), Jaryd Jones-Smith (West Catholic, Pittsburgh) and William Fuller (Roman Catholic, Notre Dame).

Williams wants to put Philly on the national map in football.

“Philly has always been known for basketball, but I think we have some great high school football players coming up,” he said. “We have a real good class going to college this year. We have a chance to do some great things.”

Williams is looking forward to doing some big things for South Carolina.

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