Williams Realizing Potential

It’s hard to identify bright spots during a 1-9 season. But for Sumter (S.C.) Crestwood, it was easy to point to North Carolina pledge Ty’Son Williams.

Williams, a 5-foot-11, 207-pound running back, ended the season with 1,058 yards and 14 touchdowns on 194 rushes.

“A bunch of the team weight was all focused on [Williams],” Crestwood athletic director Brian Jackson said. “It felt like he had like 30 carries a game.”

Despite playing for a one-win team, Williams was named to the All-Region 6-3A team and selected to play in the 2014 Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl, an South Carolina all-star game.

“I’d describe him as a dasher and a slasher,” said Jackson, who coached Williams during his sophomore and junior seasons, and kept close tabs on him during the 2014 year. “He has very good balance and has good power. He squats over 500 [pounds], so he’s strong enough. He has an uncanny ability to bounce to the outside and make something happen.”

Crestwood changed coaches and offensive schemes for the 2014 season. First-year coach Roosevelt Nelson switched from the Wing-T, which allowed Williams to post back-to-back 1,500-yard seasons, to a spread scheme.

“The transition went pretty good for me,” Williams said. “I thought I fit into it pretty well. As far as a running back, most schemes there’s nothing really hard about it – it’s just finding the hole and making a play. With the spread, you are focused on just getting downfield – there’s not too much wasted energy going side-to-side.”

Williams agrees that the change will only help him in his collegiate career since UNC runs a no-huddle, one-back spread.

Jackson, though, believes Williams is versatile enough to excel in any offensive system.

“He could do anything that you ask him to,” Jackson said. “His hands are just as good as his feet… He can play the slot, he could play the Wildcat quarterback, he could play the up-back beside the quarterback – he’ll be able to do whatever you ask him to do.”

Williams has been firmly committed to UNC since July. Communication with UNC coaches Vic Koenning and Larry Porter has remained steady since then.

“We pretty much just talk about the team and what’s going on there,” Williams said.

Williams hasn’t been able to attend a UNC football game this season and doesn’t believe he’ll make it to either of the Tar Heels’ final two home games. However, he has kept up with the team on TV.

“They can score on anybody, but on defense they have to pick it up a bit,” Williams said.

An early enrollee, Williams has scheduled his UNC official visit for the first weekend in December.

“I just want to get around the team a little bit more,” Williams said. “I also want to get an idea of how it will be when I get there.”

Williams decided to enroll early at UNC to get acclimated to the school and learn the offense sooner than freshmen who enroll during the summer.

“I think there’s a lot of untapped potential,” Jackson said. “… From the end of his junior year to now, we basically worked on his strength and speed the most. We knew he was going to school in January, so we decided to work on his speed explosion.”

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