Football: Williams to play at South Carolina

Imhotep Charter running back David Williams is heading South instead of West.

In the second quarter of Friday night's Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound speedster announced his decision to play at South Carolina. The runner-up for his services was Arizona State.

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Imhotep Charter's David Williams, who rushed for 1,799 yards and 23 touchdownsas a senior, will play at South Carolina. (Lou Rabito/Inquirer Staff)

"South Carolina was a place he really felt comfortable with," Imhotep coach Albie Crosby said. "In Steve Spurrier, he gets the chance to play for an icon. He's a legend, one of college football's all-time winningest coaches."

Spurrier and two assistants, quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus and running backs coach Everette Sands, visited Williams at school early last month. Mangus previously coached at Delaware Valley, Widener, and Ursinus.

With Tuesday's 33-28 victory over Michigan in the Outback Bowl, the Gamecocks (11-2) matched the program record for victories in a season. They went 6-2 in the Southeastern Conference.

South Carolina's leading rusher, Marcus Lattimore, is giving up his final season to enter the NFL draft. The junior missed the final four games of the 2012 campaign due to a knee injury.

"David is excited about coming in and getting the chance to play right away," Crosby said. "That was one of the factors in his decision."

In eight years with the Gamecocks, Spurrier, 67, has posted a 66-37 record (.640 winning percentage). In 23 college seasons, he is 208-77-2 (.730), with seven SEC titles.

Williams' only official visit was to Arizona State. The Sun Devils, guided by Todd Graham, went 8-5 in 2012, including a 62-28 romp over Navy in the Fight Hunger Bowl.

Earlier this week, Larry Porter, who coached Arizona State's running backs and was involved in the recruiting of Williams, left to serve in the same role at Texas.

In the fall, Williams, a four-star recruit who has been clocked at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash, rushed for 1,799 yards and 23 touchdowns while helping lead the Panthers to a 14-1 record and the PIAA Class AA state semifinals.

For his career, the 18-year-old, who spent two seasons at West Catholic and one at North Catholic, totaled 4,700 rushing yards and 58 scores.

Also participating in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl were Penn Charter lineman Mike McGlinchey, Roman Catholic wideout Will Fuller, and George Washington defensive end Justin Moody.