Former USF signee Williams off to N. Alabama

Kevin Williams, the cornerback from Gibbs who twice was set to join USF's program, only to fall short academically each time, said Saturday he will play at Division II North Alabama and former Auburn coach Terry Bowden this fall.

It's been a long path for Williams, who graduated from Gibbs in 2006 and was first set to join the Bulls in spring 2007. He instead went to two junior colleges in California, and then signed with USF in 2009, but again couldn't complete the necessary classes to be admitted and join the Bulls.

Williams, who could also play receiver and might have specialized in kick returns under former USF coach Jim Leavitt, will have two years of eligibility at North Alabama. Bowden has built his program on transfers and former top-tier signees, and if you remember, said back in January that he was keeping a close eye on USF to target players lost in the transition from Leavitt to new coach Skip Holtz.

"I'm waiting for the fallout," Bowden told the Times' Izzy Gould. "And there's nothing wrong with that. I'm waiting for the ... ones they don't feel fit into their program, and there's going to be a bunch. And they're going to be great players."

Could there be former Bulls headed Bowden's way? We've mentioned UNA as an option for running back Mike Ford, who is also said to be considering the NFL's supplemental draft. We'll see this summer.

And with Williams matched with UNA, it looks like all seven lost members of USF's 2009 signing class will be in college football this fall. The other one to find a home this spring was running back Adaris Bellamy, who will be a I-AA Youngstown State this fall.

[Last modified: Friday, July 16, 2010 11:25am]

    

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