Williams Excited About Future at USC

Riverdale (Fort Myers, FL) 3-star tight end Mat Williams signed his letter of intent with South Carolina on Wednesday morning, and the Sunshine State standout is excited about what the future holds for the Gamecocks. Read inside for full story.

The 6'5, 230 pound Williams, who chose South Carolina over offers from Louisville, Ole Miss, Pittsburgh, and Wake Forest, said a few key factors stood out to him in the recruiting process and ultimately led him to become a Gamecock.

"It felt the best for me, and I felt comfortable with all of the coaches and the players up there," said Williams. "I really liked the college and everything. I just felt like it was a good fit for me."

Another factor that Williams found intriguing about USC was the potential to do things for the first time in a rising program, similar to the success that he enjoyed during his high school career.

"That was a big thing. I looked at that a lot. It was kind of the same thing with my high school, because we had never won anything, and we just went to the playoffs three straight years in a row and won a couple games in the playoffs. That was really special, and hopefully we can do the same thing at South Carolina. We've got a great group of guys coming in."

Early playing time in Columbia is not a guarantee according to Williams, but he is looking forward to arriving in the summer and competing with the returning players.

"(The coaches) have told me to just come in the summertime and compete. I just want to get around the team and stuff and see what happens. I just want to get in there, work hard, and compete."

In between now and the summer, Williams, who bench presses over 300 pounds, plans to work hard in preparation for beginning his college career.

"I'm going to be working out, running, and just trying to get in the best shape of my life before I go up there."

On his official visit to USC in December, Williams had the opportunity to get to know his future position coach, Fred Chatham, and the 3-star prospect came away impressed with how the Gamecocks plan to utilize his talents.

"I talked with Coach Chatham when I was up there on my official visit, and we sat down and talked about all the ways to get the ball to the tight end and the blocking schemes and stuff. He‘s a good coach."

When asked to describe himself as a player, Williams replied that he is just a competitor who loves to win.

"I think I play the game smart, and I really just try to help my team win by contributing any way I can."

Williams closed by sharing a message with the Gamecock faithful.

"We've got a great class coming in. Just get ready to win."

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