USC loses another player to the portal, however this one wasn’t expected at all.
Sophomore wide receiver Devon Williams will enter the NCAA transfer portal, per Cole Cubelic of the SEC Network twitter account on Wednesday morning.
University of Southern California WR Devon Williams has entered the NCAA transfer portal.— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) September 11, 2019
Was the No. 40 overall player in the 2018 recruiting class.
Williams was expected to play a decent part in USC’s new air raid scheme after having an impressive spring and fall camp. Per Ryan Abraham of USCfootball.com, the sophomore wide receiver played 10 snaps in the Trojans win over Stanford. In that game Williams only had one catch for 11 yards. Williams also didn’t play in the season opener against Fresno State as the Trojans stuck with their main group of Michael Pittman Jr., Tyler Vaughns, Velus Jones Jr., and Amon-Ra St. Brown.
Williams was a 4 star recruit coming out of Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, CA. The wide receiver committed to USC over Oregon on National Signing Day of 2018. Williams avoided the redshirt during his freshman year as he continued to play a part in the Trojans offense. Williams introduced himself against Oregon State with a 41 yard touchdown reception. He finished with 77 yards and 1 touchdown in the team’s victory over the Beavers.
It’s unknown why Williams is entering the transfer portal, but one has to speculate if the lack of rotation time during the last two weeks played a factor. You can expect the former 4 star wide receiver to gain a lot of interest from teams to pull him out of the transfer portal. At 6’4, 210 pounds, Williams brings speed and height to the wide receiver position.
As for USC, the loss of Williams will mean more reps for Drake London, Munir McClain, and John Jackson III. London and McClain are starting to emerge after having a solid game against Stanford. Kyle Ford suited up in pads during this week’s practice, however it’s unknown when he will see the field for games at this time. As of now USC is still thin at wide receiver.