Rising sophomore running back Ty’Son Williams is transferring from North Carolina, the school’s football spokesman, Kevin Best, said on Thursday.
The 6-foot, 220-pound Williams, who is from Sumter, S.C., had a chance to become the Tar Heels’ featured running back in future seasons. This season, though, his playing time would have been limited behind the more experienced Elijah Hood, a junior, and T.J. Logan, a senior.
Hood received All-ACC honors after his breakout sophomore season, and when he’s not receiving carries out of the backfield Logan often is. They both averaged more than 6 yards per carry last season, when Hood ran for nearly 1,500 yards. Logan gained 400.
Williams played in six games during his freshman season. He ran for 57 yards on 19 carries and caught one pass. Fifty of his 57 rushing yards came in the two games against North Carolina A&T (19 yards) and Duke (31).
Recruiting analysts considered Williams, whom ESPN ranked as the best senior in South Carolina, among the best prospects in UNC’s 2015 recruiting class. He was one of four four-star prospects in the class, according 247Sports.com’s composite ranking.
It was unclear on Thursday where Williams is transferring. Before he signed with UNC, he had scholarship offers from Clemson, Georgia, Michigan, N.C. State and Notre Dame, among others, according to Rivals.com.