Third-year Sophomore safety Avantae Williams became the fourth defensive back from the Miami football program to announce his entry into the transfer portal on Tuesday. Williams follows Gilbert Frierson, Jalen Harrell and Keshawn Washington who stated their intention to transfer within the last few weeks.
Williams had 27 tackles one interception and one fumble recovery in two seasons playing for Miami. Williams missed his true freshman season in 2020 with an undisclosed medical condition. Following a six-game suspension to begin the 2021 season, Williams made his debut versus Georgia Tech and had four tackles and an INT.
Williams finished his redshirt freshman 2021 season with 18 tackles and one interception. This season Williams was used more sparingly and finished with nine tackles and one fumble recovery. Kamren Kinchens who was named first-team all-ACC on Tuesday and James Williams dominated the safety snaps for Miami in 2022.
Williams was the 45th-ranked player, second safety and seventh in Florida in the class of 2020. When he chose Miami, Williams shocked college football recruiting analysts. All 13 247 Sports crystal balls from 247 Sports projected Williams to commit to Miami. Williams is the cousin of former Miami running back Lorenzo Lingard.
Williams played 17 games with Miami, starting one. As a first-time transfer, Williams will be eligible immediately with his new program. Christopher Stock of Inside the U reported that Williams will have two years of eligibility remaining despite the claim in his tweet that he has three years left.
The listing of Williams as a third-year sophomore on the official Miami football roster is accurate with the report by Stock. Expect Miami to look to the transfer portal to replenish the depth Miami has lost in the secondary. Kinchens and James Williams have one more season of eligibility remaining before they can enter the NFL Draft.
Third-year redshirt freshman Brian Balom is the only other safety remaining on the Miami roster. Balom missed the entire 2021 season with an injury and recorded one tackle. Miami does not have a 2023 commit that is projected to play safety in college. Expect more Miami football players to enter the transfer portal.