Former Crestwood High School standout running back Ty'Son Williams will spend his final season of college football playing with Brigham Young University.
Williams, who played the past two seasons with the University of South Carolina before …
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Williams, who played the past two seasons with the University of South Carolina before entering his name in the NCAA Transfer Portal at the end of January, announced his decision on Sunday.
"I just felt like it was the best fit for me going into my last season," Williams said on Monday. "It's (the reason for selecting BYU) just because of what they have going on in the backfield."
Williams, who has one year of eligibility remaining, goes into a situation with the Cougars much like the one left at USC. Brigham Young, which was 7-6 last season, had four running backs rush for between 323 and 423 yards. The only one who is returning is leading rusher Lopini Katoa. The others on the post-spring practice depth chart are inexperienced.
Williams was part of a 4-man rotation the past two years at Carolina along with Rico Dowdle, Mon Denson and A.J. Turner.
Williams, who came to USC after transferring from North Carolina following his freshman season in 2015, was the third leading rusher this past year. The 6-foot, 219-pounder rushed f for 328 yards and four touchdowns on 70 carries and caught nine passes for 152 yards.
His biggest game came in the Gamecock' 48-44 road win at Mississippi. Williams caught three passes for 105 yards and rushed seven times for 30 yards and a score. However, he broke a hand during the game and didn't play in the final four regular-season contests.
In 2017, his first year in Columbia, Williams was the second leading rusher with 471 yards on 95 carries.
Along with BYU, Williams also visited Florida State, Western Kentucky and Marshall. He said Western Kentucky and Marshall also provided him opportunities where he could step in and have an opportunity at lots of playing time. He said the Mormon school just felt like the right fit for it.
"It was more about the people, stuff like that," Williams said.
Williams said Brigham Young first made contact with him a couple of weeks after he put his name into the transfer portal.
He said he didn't go into the transfer process with his eye set on any particular school. "It was just whoever was in need and reached out to me," Williams said.
BYU has already completed its spring practice, but Williams doesn't think missing it will affect his opportunity with the Cougars.
"I just need to work on learning the offense, and get into the weight room," said Williams, who is already learning the playbook and expects to be on the Provo, Utah, campus by the end of May or the first of June.
Williams doesn't think there is anything he would do differently during his time at USC.
"I always showed up to work," Williams said. "I worked as hard as I could. I grew as a person and a player, and I built relationships that will last me a lifetime."
Williams rushed for 3,674 in his final three years at Crestwood. He was rated the top player in South Carolina by ESPN, and was listed as the No. 11 running back nationally.
He signed with UNC out of high school and rushed 19 times for 57 as a freshman. He decided to transfer after that season.
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