Two- and three-sport athletes aren’t anything new at the high school level, but that is usually not the case at the college level.
One Tennessee prospect decided to play basketball coming out of high school at the college level, and after two years on the hardwood, Columbia Central’s two-star athlete, DeMario Williams, is ready to return to the gridiron.
After spending two years playing basketball at Middle Tennessee State, Williams has decided to switch sports and switch universities.
“I have always played football more than I did basketball,” Williams said in an interview with InsideTennessee.com. “It’s time to give up basketball and play the sport I have always loved.”
Williams has been living with the question of what if he had chosen football over basketball - where would his football career be today? Instead of just wondering about that what if, he has decided to do something about it.
“I didn’t want to live the rest of my life wondering what could have been with football,” Williams acknowledged. “Now, I will get that opportunity to see what I can do on the football field.”
Williams played basketball for two years at MTSU, according to the future Tennessee wide receiver. He will have three years of eligibility left.
“They are telling me I will not have to sit out a year and I will have three years to play football,” Williams said. “I may enroll as early as June, but it may be until July before I can get everything completed and enrolled.”
Williams approached his old high school coaching staff at Columbia Central when he decided he wanted to play football.
“They sent out film to a lot of schools,” Williams said. “The situation at Tennessee is perfect for me. With a new coaching staff, I have the chance to come in with a fresh start.”
Williams, a 6-foot-4, 192-pound athlete, finished his senior season with over 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns, earning all-region honors.
Did Williams consider playing football for the Blue Raiders?
“They never showed any interest for me to play football there,” Williams said. “I’m excited about walking on at Tennessee. Their new coaching staff was very up front with me and told me if I came in and worked hard, great things could happen. That’s all I can ask for.”