The wheels are in motion for running back Ty’Son Williams to transfer to South Carolina.
Before his transition from Tar Heel to Gamecock can become official, the former 4-star recruit from Crestwood High School (Sumter, S.C.) needs to clear a hurdle.
Williams, who rushed for 57 yards as a freshman at North Carolina, must be accepted into the University of South Carolina.
“I’ve sent my transcripts over, I sent those over earlier (last) week, so they should have gotten those,” he said. “I don’t know, with the holiday, if they went through or if they stopped sending out mail. It should be sometime soon.”
Because South Carolina and North Carolina are scheduled to play in 2019, the final year of Williams’ eligibility, he would initially join the Gamecocks as a walk-on.
“There’s definitely some backup plans, but I’m just trying to take it one step at a time, just trying to see what’s presented, once I get everything approved and accepted into the university, which I don’t think is going to be a problem,” Williams said. “Right now, it’s just a wait. It’s a process.”
He mentioned Georgia State as plan B. Appalachian State could be an option, too.
“I just wanted to be closer to home, closer to my family. That was, ultimately, what I was looking for,” Williams said. “I wasn’t looking to try to just stay D-I or go across the country … I just wanted to be close to my family in Macon, Ga.”
Ranked as the No. 22 running back in the class of 2015, Williams also was listed as the No. 5 overall prospect in the state of South Carolina, one spot behind Gamecocks OL Zack Bailey.
Williams saw the campus several times while he was a high school prospect, so there’s plenty of familiarity with South Carolina, even with the coaching turnover.
“As a football player, you definitely want to go into a program that’s established. Coach (Will) Muschamp is trying to turn over things and I know he’s going to do that. I just want to be a part of something special,” Williams said. “Anytime I took a visit there, it was always great. I’ve always had the utmost respect for the program. I just ran out of time, the guy committed before I did.”
If he lands at South Carolina, Williams would be a redshirt sophomore once he’s eligible to play in 2017.