South Carolina football: Gamecocks land another transfer defender

South Carolina football lands commitment from transfer defender.

Earlier today, the Gamecocks landed the commitment of former Georgia Southern Eagles cornerback David Spaulding. Just a few hours later, Shane Beamer learned that he’d be getting more help on the defensive side of the ball, as Delaware linebacker Darryl Williams has announced his intention to transfer to the South Carolina football program.

Williams provides depth in a Carolina linebacker room that’s losing its top tackler of the last two seasons. A member of the 2020 class, he’s not yet stepped foot on the football field for the University of Delaware.

Coming out of high school, Williams was considered the 113th best inside linebacker, according to 247 Sports, as well as the top prospect in the state of Delaware. The Smyrna, DE native picked the Blue Hens over offers from Coastal Carolina, Kent State, Massachusetts, and Old Dominion. He also received interest from Maryland and West Virginia.

The Gamecocks were thin at the linebacker position in 2020, as the team dealt with a number of injuries to top contributors. Outside backers Sherrod Greene and Jahmar Brown played only one game a piece, while team captain Ernest Jones sat out the final two games nursing a sprained ankle.

Williams could have an opportunity to compete right away, with with Ernest Jones off to the NFL. The only other inside linebackers on the roster, at the moment, are Mohamed Kaba and Rosendo Louis, Jr.

Williams, who goes by the nickname ‘Debo,’ tallied 153 tackles as a high school senior, notching 29 tackles for loss and seven sacks. He led his team to two state titles.

Williams becomes the fifth transfer of the class, joining Georgia Tech wideout Ahmarean Brown, Georgia Southern corner David Spaulding, and Georgia Military defensive backs Isaiah Norris and Marcellas Dial.