David Williams to South Carolina: Gamecocks Land Top-Ranked Football Recruit

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 4, 2013

Courtesy of Steven M. Falk, Philadelphia Inquirer
Courtesy of Steven M. Falk, Philadelphia Inquirer

Star running back David Williams has made it official: He will be attending South Carolina starting in 2013.

FOX Sports reporter Annabel Stephan had the report:

Philadelphia (PA) Imhotep Institute RB David Williams has committed to South Carolina. #GameCocks twitter.com/AnnabelStephan…

— Annabel Stephan (@AnnabelStephan) January 5, 2013

A 6'1", 190-pound running back out of Philadelphia, Williams has been a star at Imhotep Charter High School for the last four years. He had a total of 2,875 rushing yards and 37 touchdowns in his sophomore and junior seasons. 

In what can only be described as an incredibly deep running back class, Williams is one of the best do-it-all players out of the backfield this year. He has incredible speed and hands, combined with upper-body strength and the ability to make would-be tacklers miss with ease. 

According to Rivals.com, Williams had three schools high on his list to choose from. He had official visits to Arizona State in September and South Carolina on January 13, as well as keeping Ohio State on the radar. 

On the ESPN 150 Rankings list, Williams is No. 124 and the 13th-best running back in the class. He doesn't have as much upside as players like Kelvin Taylor or Greg Bryant, but he is as physically mature as any prep running back and should be a significant contributor right away. 

The versatility that Williams brings, both as a finesse runner who can see the hole and hit it, as well as a power back who will barrel over bigger and stronger defensive linemen, will make him a star at the college level. 

Running backs are still the life blood of offenses in college football. If you don't have a good running game, you are going to struggle because teams are far better at preparing to defend the pass in today's air-it-out game. 

Williams is a throwback player who doesn't have one specialty, rather, he does so many things well that his coaches won't be able to stop using him. One of the most dynamic backs in this year's class is going to make an instant impact at the college level next fall.