Originally created 01/14/02

Silver Bluff star commits to South Carolina



Silver Bluff all-star running back and wide receiver Troy Williamson finalized his college decision Sunday by verbally committing to South Carolina.

Williamson, who scored 29 touchdowns and amassed 2,410 total yards for the season, led the Bulldogs to a second straight Class AA state championship in December. Silver Bluff has won 30 straight games over two seasons.

Shortly after arriving home from an official visit to the University of Georgia on Sunday, Williamson informed Silver Bluff coach Al Lown that he had chosen South Carolina over Georgia and Tennessee.

Lown said Williamson expects to see immediate playing time at wide receiver for the Gamecocks.The 6-foot-2, 195-pound prospect also expects to be joined by former Silver Bluff linebacker Marcus Lawrence in 2003. Lawrence signed with South Carolina last year but is currently attending Butler Community College in Kansas.

"Troy liked the fact that he has a chance to play a lot as a freshman next year," Lown said. "The success that South Carolina has had in the last couple of years also played a part in his decision."

Coach Lou Holtz has guided the Gamecocks to successive winning seasons and two Outback Bowl victories over Ohio State. South Carolina had an 8-4 record in 2000, followed by a 9-3 mark this season.

"Coach Holtz is a very dynamic person, and that played a part in it too," Lown said. "We're really proud of Troy, and I hope he'll have a great college career."

Williamson averaged 13 yards a carry and 26 yards per reception en route to earning a spot on the South Carolina Shrine Bowl team. He scored a touchdown in the Palmetto State's victory over North Carolina last month in Rock Hill, S.C.

Williamson has also enjoyed success in high school track and field, winning the state Class AA 100-meter (10.60 seconds) event and anchored the Bulldogs' 4x100 victory in 2001.

Lown is still awaiting a decision by linebacker Shawn Harris, the 2000 South Carolina Class AA Defensive Player of the Year. Harris visited South Carolina State over the weekend.

Reach Lane Kramer at (706) 823-3219