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UNC Football: Former Ohio State running back Antonio Williams is transferring to UNC

Williams, a four star recruit in high school, is returning to North Carolina.

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North Carolina’s football team is picking up a new member. Antonio Williams, a running back who played his first two seasons at Ohio State, has decided to transfer to UNC. Williams originally committed to UNC in high school back in 2013 before ultimately ending up with the Buckeyes.

The former North Stanly High School standout was a four star recruit who was committed to the Tar Heels for nearly a year before committing to Wisconsin and then finally deciding on Ohio State. The New London native credits Coach Chris Kapilovic with fueling his desire to return to his home state.

Last season for the Buckeyes, Williams ran for 290 yards and three touchdowns across 12 games. He played in two games the previous season at Ohio State as a true freshman, but his impact was limited to just six carries.

Williams has two years of eligibility remaining. He’ll have to sit out the 2018 season as a transfer unless he is granted a hardship waiver by the NCAA.

Having someone of Williams’ talent on the Tar Heels is a great pickup for Larry Fedora and company. While Williams was a bit blocked with the Buckeyes, he should be able to find more of an involved role in Chapel Hill.