Veteran Florida DB reportedly entering NCAA transfer portal
After five seasons in Gainesville, a Florida defensive back is reportedly looking at finishing his college football career elsewhere.
According to multiple reports, including a tweet by Matt Zenitz of AL.com, defensive back C.J. McWilliams has entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal. Graham Hall of The Gainesville Sun reported on Oct. 31 that McWilliams opted-out of the 2020 season following Florida’s win over Ole Miss on Sept. 26.
Including his one game in 2020, McWilliams played in 17 games over three seasons during his five seasons at UF. McWilliams joined the program in 2016, redshirting his first year on campus. In 2017, he played in seven games as a reserve defensive back and special teams contributor. The following year, McWilliams played in nine games, including two starts (LSU, Vanderbilt) at cornerback, recording 16 tackles and 4 pass breakups. McWilliams did not play in 2019, missing the season due to injury.
A 3-star prospect, McWilliams was recruited out of Southwest Miami by former UF defensive coordinator Randy Shannon, who is now at UCF, and Kerry Dixon, currently on staff at Georgia Tech. McWilliams had nine other scholarship offers, including Florida Atlantic, Miami, UCF and USF.
McWilliams will be considered a redshirt senior again in 2021 due to the NCAA’s eligibility rules for the unique circumstances of the 2020 season during COVID-19.