Former Ryan standout J.T. Williams is no longer at Southern Miss.
Williams and the university confirmed the defensive tackle’s departure from Hattiesburg, Mississippi. A spokesperson for the Southern Miss athletic department said Williams left the team voluntarily and did not violate team rules.
A slim shot at playing time and the distance from Denton played big roles in Williams’ decision to head home.
“I stuck it out for the whole summer and things still didn’t look good,” Williams said. “I wasn’t liking it down there.”
The former Ryan defensive tackle had 67 tackles last season, with nine of those coming behind the line of scrimmage. He also had five sacks and two forced fumbles.
Williams said he sat down with the Golden Eagles’ coaching staff, which wanted the Ryan graduate to redshirt his freshman year, something that didn’t sit well with Williams.
The defensive tackle said he doesn’t anticipate Southern Miss releasing him from his scholarship this year. As of now, he said he intends on playing football at Trinity Valley Community College with former Ryan teammates Paul Hunter and Alex Funches before transferring to a school closer to home.
Williams listed schools like North Texas and Houston as potential transfer options after his time at Trinity Valley.
Williams’ recruiting process while he was at Ryan was one of the most bizarre that we can recall around the office.
Early in his senior year, it looked as if Williams was going to commit to Missouri, where J.T.’s older brother, Jordan, is a redshirt sophomore offensive lineman. I had a story completely written and I believe we had something up on the blog, but then that didn’t happen.
UNT and Houston seemed like early suitors for Williams early last fall but those didn’t seem like potential options for Williams when signing day rolled around in February.
Massachusetts and Southern Miss offered Williams the week leading up to signing day, and Williams chose the Golden Eagles.
Well, that’s all in the past now.
Check Thursday’s edition of the Record-Chronicle for the full story.