Savion Williams leaving Vols football, looks forward to 'real opportunity to show my talent'
Savion Williams is seeking a new opportunity to play college football.
The Tennessee defensive lineman announced Saturday on Twitter that he would be entering his name in the transfer portal and leaving the Vols.
"I look forward to a real opportunity to show my talent," Williams wrote less than 90 minutes before Tennessee faced Arkansas on Saturday night.
Williams came to Tennessee as a highly regarded junior-college prospect out of Lackawanna College in Pennsylvania. He was the No. 1-ranked defensive tackle in the 2019 class and had offers from Georgia, Nebraska and West Virginia among others.
He never gained much playing time with the Vols. He made five tackles in UT's upset loss against Georgia State to open the 2019 season, then made two the following game against BYU.
The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Williams didn't make another tackle for the Vols. He played in only two of Tennessee's first five games this season.
"The circumstances surrounding each individual is probably different when you talk about opportunities, really over the last six or seven months," Vols coach Jeremy Pruitt said Monday. "Based off some of the circumstances, his were limited. Savion is a good kid that works hard, and I’ll help him in any way that I possibly can.”
"I am truly grateful and blessed I was given a opportunity to play at the University of
Pruitt noted that Williams did not have spring ball in 2019, then did not have one in 2020 either due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I am truly grateful and blessed I was given a opportunity to play at the University of Tennessee and I want to thank Coach Pruitt for all the things he has taught me," Williams wrote. "This 1 and a half years has been a whirlwind for me but I am truly grateful for the family that I've made and how much the fans have embraced me since I stepped on campus.
"I've always been known as a hard worker and God has continued to guide my life but after careful consideration, I've decided that I will be putting my name in the transfer portal."
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