Spoto coach Dale Caparaso confirmed this morning Spartans senior-to-be linebacker Rodney Williams, projected to be one of Hillsborough County's most highly recruited defensive players this year, is transferring to Blake.
In a text message to the Times, Caparaso said Williams' move was for "family and personal" reasons.
"He did (withdraw from Spoto) and is going to Blake according to my principal," Caparaso said via text. "This was not a surprise to us."
The anchor of a Spartans defense that posted four shutouts last season and allowed only seven points in its first five games, Williams (6-foot-1, 224 pounds) tallied 93 tackles and three sacks. As a sophomore, he had 105 tackles and six sacks. If he enrolls at Blake as expected, he'll join a program coming off a 1-9 season.
While clearly a setback for Spoto, Williams' departure certainly isn't crippling. Caparaso was quick to note the Spartans lost starting quarterback J.B. Burgess for the year following his arrest in the 2009 preseason, but converted backup receiver James Brown to Burgess' spot and finished 8-3, winning a bowl game.
"We will be fine," Caparaso said."