Imhotep Charter star David Williams to reveal college choice during all-star game telecast

David Williams will announce his decision during Friday'sSemper Fidelis All-American Bowl. LOU RABITO / Staff
David Williams will announce his decision during Friday'sSemper Fidelis All-American Bowl. LOU RABITO / Staff
Posted: January 05, 2013

A few thousand miles from his North Philadelphia home, David Williams said he was at peace.

Imhotep Charter's star running back, who will play in Friday's Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, has settled on his college decision. But he is waiting to announce it during the nationally televised game in Carson, Calif.

"It feels good. It's like a relief to not be doing the recruiting thing anymore," Williams said. "It's stress-free."

The 6-foot-1, 202-pounder will choose between South Carolina and Arizona State. The game will begin at 9 p.m. and be telecast on the NFL Network.

Along with Williams, the game features Penn Charter's Mike McGlinchey, Roman Catholic's Will Fuller, Washington's Justin Moody, Woodbury's Anthony Averett, and Glassboro's Corey Clement.

McGlinchey, a 6-9, 275-pound offensive lineman, will join Fuller, a sure-handed wideout, at Notre Dame. Moody, a 6-3, 265-pound defensive lineman, visited Pittsburgh in December and said he was most likely headed there.

The game will mark the first time that close friends Averett and Clement play on the same team. Clement, a 5-11 running back, is bound for Wisconsin. Averett, a 6-1 cornerback, is headed to Alabama.

Averett said one of the main reasons he settled on the Crimson Tide was head coach Nick Saban, who has a pedigree with defensive backs.

"He's very intelligent, and he knows what he's doing," Averett said.

The consensus is that Williams will end up at South Carolina. The Gamecocks put on a full-court press down the stretch as assistant coach G.A. Mangus watched the Panthers' state playoff game alongside Williams' mother.

Williams said he was looking to play right away, which further makes the Gamecocks an attractive option. Junior tailback Marcus Lattimore is likely bound for the NFL, and Kenny Miles will be lost to graduation. Arizona State will return two of its top three rushers.

Friday's Under Armour All-American Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla., will not feature any local players but will be highlighted by Penn State's two top recruits. Quarterback Christian Hackenberg (Fork Union, Va.) will be joined by tight end Adam Breneman (Camp Hill, Pa.). ESPN will televise the game at 5 p.m.

On Saturday, three local players will take part in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio's Alamodome. The game will air at noon on NBC.

Eastern defensive back Eli Apple will be joined on Team East by Mainland placekicker Jim Cooper and Timber Creek defensive lineman Greg Webb. St. Joseph's Prep coach Gabe Infante will serve as an assistant coach.


Contact Matt Breen at mbreen@phillynews.com, or follow on Twitter @matt_breen.

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