Michigan State seen its depth along the defensive line take a hit this offseason. Kevin Williams is in need of a new home. In the end, it appears this will be a match made in football roster heaven.
While the school has to confirm a consummation, 247Sports.com is reporting that Williams (pictured, No. 92) is expected to sign with MSU and play his remaining football for the Spartans. The recruiting website writes that “[a] source indicated the pairing is happening and is close to being a done deal from a paperwork standpoint with Williams.”
As Williams would be coming to East Lansing as a graduate transfer, he would be eligible to play immediately in 2016. This upcoming season will be the defensive tackle’s final year of eligibility.
In November of last year, it was announced that Williams had received a sixth season of eligibility. Five months later, Williams decided to use that sixth season somewhere other than Nebraska as it was announced in April he’d transfer.
Whether the oft-injured Williams actually takes the field could be another matter entirely.
Williams missed his entire true freshman season in 2011 because of a knee injury, then missed the entire 2013 season because of another knee issue. His healthiest season came in 2014 when he played in 10 games.
This past season, a groin injury helped limit Williams to eight games.
Williams was a three-star member of the Cornhuskers’ 2011 recruiting class, rated as the No. 36 defensive tackle in the country and the No. 22 player at any position in the state of Ohio. In between the injuries, he played in a total of 23 games for the ‘Huskers.
Late this past week, MSU announced that Damon Knox, a projected starter at tackle, had decided to leave the program to pursue a career in law enforcement. Back in April, MSU confirmed that sophomore linemen Craig Evans and Montez Sweat had left the program.