Eight signees officially became Gamecocks this week when Marcus Lattimore, A.J. Cann, Tramell…
Williams 100 percent committed
Williams first spent time with new offensive line coach Shawn Elliott when Elliott visited his home Jan. 6. But the 6-3, 280-pound prospect got to truly get to know Elliott this weekend.
"Elliott, like I told him back at home, he's got some big shoes to fill with Wolford leaving," Williams said. "But, he's got a real good track record from what he did at Appalachian State. He reminds me so much of Wolford, he's just a little more laid back type person. Overall, he's a real, real cool coach. I'm just looking forward to getting up there June 1, and competing with him -- getting up there, working out and getting ready for the season."
Williams says that Elliott explained how he plans to mold his running game to use the specific skillsets' of the incoming players.
"He said he really wants to use our versatility," William said. "Pull us, and get us in space to let us do what we do best."
With 15 other Gamecock commitments, and one other potential future Gamecock, on campus, Williams was able to spend ample time with many future teammates.
"Oh man it was real, real good," he said. "It was real exciting to be around all the offensive line commitments, Dylan (Thompson),(Marcus) Lattimore, (Ronald) Patrick, who I know from back at home, and just to be around the whole team."
South Carolina's class of 2009 made it a goal to make the effort to come in and work hard, and as a unit to attempt to be the class that puts South Carolina over the top in its quest for its first SEC Championship. Williams says the class of 2010 has similar goals.
"Really this class is going to make or break, and determine, whether or not we can win a National Championship, SEC Championship, or whether or not we don't. Elliott says that four of the seven of us [offensive linemen] are going to come in and play next year. With Lattimore behind us we're going to be pretty good."
The five-star Lattimore will make his decision at his church in Spartanburg on the day before Signing Day, and was the lone prospect on campus not already committed to South Carolina. Williams believes if Lattimore ultimately becomes a Gamecock that it will mean big things for the Carolina running game.
"It all starts up front with the line," he says. "So if you put the right line up front with him at running back, he's going to do big things."
While there was talk after Elliott's in-home with Williams that he could play defensive tackle, it now appears more likely he will end up on the o-line.
"I talked to the defensive coordinator, and he said that was just something that was surfacing because of my versatility. But as far as that's concerned, I really want to play offense."
And Williams will likely get that chance. When he does suit up in the Garnet and Black, he will wear No. 57, the same number he dons in high school.
While the Lee HS standout, who also has offers from Ole Miss, UCLA, Cal, Stanford and Kentucky among others, was potentially going to take a visit to Oregon next weekend he says that's now off.
"I'm 100 [percent]. I'm not taking any other visits."
Asked what Gamecock fans can expect from this incoming class, Williams' message was simple: "SEC Championship"
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