Semper Fi: Williams Picks Gamecocks

CARSON, Calif. -- Four-star running back David Williams of Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia) made his announcement moments ago, choosing South Carolina during the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, and he spoke with FOXSportsNEXT about his decision.

Since a summer visit to South Carolina, four-star running back David Williams had the Gamecocks on his mind.

Hosting coach Steve Spurrier at his home last month, coupled with Marcus Lattimore announcing he would enter the NFL draft were the final pieces Williams needed for him to make a decision.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound standout from Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia) knew a few weeks ago he was heading to South Carolina, and moments ago he made it official when he announced his choice during the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl at The Home Depot Center.

"When I visited down there I built a relationship from the beginning," Williams said. "I think they were the first SEC school to offer, so I built a relationship since my 10th grade year, and then when I went down, I feel in love with the school."

Williams chose the Gamecocks over Penn State and Arizona State, and the emergence of Lattimore in South Carolina's running game.

"The running back tradition has been reborn," Williams said. "Lattimore, he's going to (the NFL) so it's a perfect opportunity for me to come in and compete for a starting job."

Williams also likes South Carolina's multiple offense.

"It's balanced," Williams said. "It's a spread and a pro-style. They run the ball and pass the b all. They want me to be that every down back that can do it all, use his speed, make cuts, catch the ball."

Another key part of the recruitment was the relationship Williams built with Lattimore, who provided insight to what it is like to play for Spurrier.

"He said coach Spurrier is a man of his word and everything he said is true," Williams said. "When he came in he told him they were going to run the ball and he changed his offense to run the ball."

Williams also like Spurrier's reputation and the stability of his job.

"It's an honor to be with a coach like that, of his stature, and I know he's not going anywhere," Williams said. "That played a main role. I know he's not going anywhere and I don't have to worry about coaches leaving and all that stuff."

As a senior, Williams rushed for 1,904 yards and 23 touchdowns on 195 carries, and he got to show some of those moves to his future teammates during the East team practice.

South Carolina offensive line commits Alan Knott, D.J. Park and Bryce King are each on the East team, but Williams wanted to surprise them with his commitment.

"I didn't tell them, but you get to see how it is," Williams said. "It's the perfect position for me. I get to build a relationship with them and see how they work."

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