Oregon boosted its secondary with a commitment from junior-college safety Bennett Williams on Tuesday night.
Williams was a freshman All-American at Illinois in 2017 before being dismissed from the team the following season. He is currently playing at College of San Mateo.
“‘Not All Storms Come To Disrupt Your Life, Some Come to Clear Your Path’. About a year ago, I wrote this after dismissal from Illinois with no idea where I would end up,” Williams wrote on Twitter. “Now here I stand ready to embark on a journey at the University of Oregon which I’m blessed to call my new home.”
Williams was a teammate of UO running back Cyrus Habibi-Likio at St. Francis High School in Mt. View, Calif. before signing with the Illini. He became the first true freshman safety to start a game at Illinois since 1980 and registered 64 tackles with three interceptions in 11 games, including seven starts.
He was suspended the first three games of last year for an undisclosed violation of team rules and returned to play in one game before being kicked off the team.
“The last year has pushed me to my limits and tested my faith - faith in myself and faith in the process,” he wrote on Twitter. “I’ll always persevere.”
The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder will have two years of eligibility with the Ducks, who are slated to return Jevon Holland, Nick Pickett, and Brady Breeze at safety.