IU freshman wide receiver Rashawn Williams hits the transfer portal

A once high profile commitment has left before ever playing a snap.

Class of 2020 wide receiver Rashawn Williams has entered his name in the transfer portal according to multiple reports.

Williams confirmed the news on his Twitter page.

When he committed to IU in April, 2019, the Detroit native was ranked the 166th best player overall in the 2020 class according to the 247Sports Composite.  That ranking was believed to be the highest for an IU commit during the recruiting service rankings era, a mark that was previously held by 2019 signee Sampson James.

The 6-foot-1 Williams eventually landed as the No. 353 recruit in the class, the No. 59 receiver, and a four-star.  He was the highest ranked player in IU’s 2020 class.

Despite his promising credentials, Williams never saw the field for IU in 2020.  He appeared multiple times on the team’s gameday inactive list but the program never clarified whether he was dealing with an injury or another matter.

Indiana’s leading receivers in 2020 were seniors Ty Fryfogle and Whop Philyor.  Both players are eligible to come back due to the NCAA’s eligibility waiver related to the pandemic.

Several other receivers appeared to be in front of Williams on the depth chart, including Miles Marshall, David Ellis and Jacolby Hewitt.  True freshman Javon Swinton also saw the field with the offense in 2020.

The Hoosiers have Florida State transfer D.J. Matthews coming in next year, along with 4-star recruit Jaquez Smith.

Williams chose IU over a long list of offers that included Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue.

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