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Ohio State Running Back Antonio Williams Transferring to North Carolina

Antonio Williams Ohio State Football Buckeyes Transfer North Carolina

Ohio State third-year running back Antonio Williams announced via Twitter on Monday that he is transferring to the University of North Carolina.

Williams came to Ohio State from New London, North Carolina, so this is an opportunity for him to play football much closer to his family.

Williams rushed for 290 yards last season as a sophomore. As a true freshman, he carried the ball once for six yards. He can redshirt during the 2018 season and have two years of eligibility beginning in 2019.

Originally committed to the University of Wisconsin, Williams eventually decommitted from the Badgers and ended up at Ohio State. He was ranked the No. 7 running back in the 2016 class.

OSU running backs coach Tony Alford had nothing but glowing things to say about Williams this spring.

“First and foremost, he’s a pro,” Alford said two weeks ago. “He’s a professional about how he handles his business. He’s an extremely, extremely mature kid. He has improved. He’s probably in my estimation one of the top three guys on the team as far as improvement. That’s coming from me and obviously I’m a little biased.

“He’s had a great spring and a great attitude. But he’s a pro and he handles his business. At the end of the day, that’s all you can do. Do the best you can and when your number is called, you show up. And that’s what he’s done.”

Williams’ departure now puts the Buckeyes at 86 scholarships, which is one over the limit of 85 where they need to be when fall camp gets underway.

9 Responses

  1. Wow. I loved his toughness, and I truly believe he will be a good one. Once he gets comfortable being the man, he will relax and do great. I hope he does not regret coming to OSU. Good luck to him.
    Always a buckeye!

  2. i think he has great potential and if it wasnt for a loaded rb group couldve started ..he ran hard and seems like a good person and i wish him the best–esp against clemson

  3. Class act all the way.

    I hope he burns Clemson for 200.

  4. It’s difficult having so much wealth and talent at OSU. However, watching the Spring game and realizing his limited opportunity to play this seems like a very wise move. Blessings to him.

  5. Good kid who got caught in a numbers game. Too bad as I would’ve loved to see what he could do, but whose reps was he gonna take? Best of skill to him with the ‘Heels.

  6. Sorry to see him go – Williams seemed like a quality person as well as a really good ball carrier with great potential. Unfortunately, you can’t realize potential while sitting on the bench, and with the crowd in the backfield, it didn’t seem likely he would have much opportunity to really show what he could do.
    Best of luck at UNC, Antonio – hope the Buckeyes don’t have to face you on the field and discover how good you are!

  7. When he got on the field AW showed glimpses of his athletic talent. Unfortunately, he was part of a loaded RB room with more talent being added this year. Good luck young man in all future endeavors.

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