S.C. RB Holding at Five

Ty’son Williams has listed North Carolina among his favorite schools for much of his recruitment. However, it wasn’t until Fedora’s Freak Show last month that the 5-foot-11, 207-pound running back was able to visit Chapel Hill.

“It’s a good school,” Williams said. “It has a real nice campus. [The visit] really helped me to get up there and see everything. I really enjoyed talking to the coaches.”

In particular, Williams, a Sumter (S.C.) Crestwood product, spent a lot of time talking with Larry Porter, UNC’s running backs coach. Williams also received an opportunity to be coached by Porter during the camp’s activities.

“I really liked him,” Williams said. “He helped me understand the game better and I really liked him a lot.”

Fedora’s Freak Show is big on numbers, but is large on talent. That didn’t seem to faze Williams.

“I always feel comfortable in my game, so it wasn’t much to me,” Williams said. “We did one-on-ones with the linebackers and I did my thing.”

What did impress Williams was how UNC ended the Freak Show with a dodge ball tournament.

“It was straight,” Williams said. “That told me that the coaches like to have fun.”

Though he doesn’t have an exact date, Williams’s goal is to make a verbal commitment before his senior football season.

More than anything else, Williams desires a good relationship with his future coaching staff. At UNC, he communicates primarily with Porter and Vic Koenning, who recruits Williams’s area.

“We have a real good relationship,” Williams said. “When he first offered me, they talked more about what they saw on film. Right now, we’re just trying to continue to build a relationship.”

An X-factor in Williams’s recruitment is his cousin, Antonio McKinney, a basketball player from Macon (Ga.) Windsor Academy. The two have spent much of the summer together and are looking to attend the same college.

“He’s going to do basketball and I’m going to be doing football, but we want to do it at the same school,” Williams said.

The only school the two have visited together is Florida State, a school neither is considering.

Additionally, outside of UNC the only school that Williams has been able to visit this summer was South Carolina. He attempted to swing by Georgia recently, but visit plans fell through. He doesn’t have any future recruiting trips scheduled and doesn’t plan on setting anything up at the moment.

Heading into Fedora’s Freak Show, Williams listed Notre Dame as his leader. That no longer is the case.

“I’m just keeping my options open,” Williams said. “I don’t have a leader. I’m just going to choose a school before my season. I’m not going to name a leader until I make my decision.”

Though he no longer claims a leader, Williams says he’s still considering the same five schools – Georgia, UNC, Notre Dame, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.

As a junior, Williams rushed for 1,608 yards and 16 touchdowns on 181 carries.

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