Former MSU CB Davion Williams transfers to Western Kentucky


MSU CB Davion Williams celebrates during the Spartans’ 51-17 win over Western Michigan in 2019/ Photo Credit: MSU Athletic Communications

Nathan Stearns, Football Beat Reporter

EAST LANSING— On Sunday, cornerback Davion Williams became the sixth former Spartan football player to transfer as he announced that he would be continuing his athletic and academic career at Western Kentucky.

Williams, who entered the transfer portal on Dec. 18, follows quarterback Rocky Lombardi, linebackers Marcel Lewis and Jeslord Boateng and his former high school teammates, Julian Barnett and Devontae Dobbs, as the latest players to transfer to another school. 

Williams, along with Dobbs and Barnett, were highly recruited high school teammates at Belleville High School (Belleville, Mich); all three struggled to carve out consistent roles and decided to transfer. 

Williams, a sophomore, was a three-star recruit in the 2018 recruiting class. He was rated by 247 Sports as the No. 9 overall player in Michigan as well as the No. 470 player in the nation.  He committed to MSU over other Big Ten schools, including Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Purdue, as well as other Power Five schools, including Syracuse, UCLA and Iowa State.

Williams started against Indiana and recorded tackles in four games over the course of the season. In two years, he compiled 14 tackles, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble. He also played in 13 games last season, primarily on special teams. 

With cornerback Shakur Brown declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft, Williams was in prime position to compete for a starting role. Instead, the responsibility to anchor the secondary will fall on returning starters Kalon Gervin and Angelo Grose, as well as returning safeties Xavier Henderson and Michael Dowell.