LB Darryl (Debo) Williams (6-2 215) announced Thursday that he is transferring from Delaware to USC. The Smyrna, DE native will arrive on the USC campus Friday. Despite a sensational high school career, Williams was not a heavily recruited prospect and thus signed with the Blue Hens in December of 2019. He was rated as a three-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite and was ranked the #113th OLB nationally and the #1 prospect in his home state.
Williams never got the chance to play for Delaware because the FCS program opted not to play ball this fall. So, the next chance he’ll get to unleash all his fury will be this spring with the Gamecocks.
“I’ll just put it this way,” Williams said. “I didn’t have any SEC offers coming out of high school. All them teams have to pay for that. Coming for vengeance.”
Williams was a tackling machine in high school totaling over 500 hits. He had 153 tackles and 8 sacks as a senior and became his school’s all-time leading tackler.
“In all of those 500 tackles, I was just trying to hurt whoever had the ball 500 times,” Williams said. “I play to put the fear in people, that’s what I’m here to do. Football is a fun game but I’m not here to have fun, I’m here to put the fear in you. So, I want my opponent to think I’m a machine because I’m just never going to stop. I’m just going to make you quit mentally and physically while playing me and my team.”
New Gamecock coach Shane Beamer may have fallen into something here with Williams. He’ll have the full four years of eligibility with the Gamecocks and is planning to make a name for himself at USC and in the SEC.
“Very excited to be with the Gamecocks, in the SEC, it doesn’t get any better than that,” Williams said. “I’m coming in with a new coaching staff, we’re coming to win and to win only. My opportunity here at the University of South Carolina is huge. I’m just blessed. Kids from Delaware don’t get to make it to a big school like USC. I have to put on and be the model for us to show them it’s possible.”
With Williams now onboard for the 2021 class, the Gamecocks have filled 18 of their 25 spots.