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Former 4-star WR Rashawn Williams enters transfer portal

Detroit native did not see the field for Indiana this fall

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A once-heralded recruit appears to be on his way out of Bloomington.

Freshman receiver Rashawn Williams has entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal, he announced in a message posted to Twitter on Monday evening. Williams, who did not see any action this season, was the highest-ranked recruit in Indiana program history when he made his verbal commitment to the Hoosiers in April 2019.

“First I want to take the time to thank the coaching staff at IU for the opportunity and I am forever grateful,” Williams wrote. “After careful consideration with my family we came to the conclusion that it’s best if I enter my name into the transfer portal.”

Despite the prep rankings — he was the No. 59 receiver nationally in the 2020 cycle, per the 247 Sports Composite — Williams was not able to find his way onto the field this fall. He was placed on IU’s inactive list in back-to-back weeks in late November, though the reasons for those transactions are not clear.

Indiana is currently on track to add three receivers to its roster for next season, including four-star commit Jaquez Smith and three-star commit Jordyn Williams. Last month, former Florida State receiver D.J. Matthews — himself a former four-star recruit — announced he plans to transfer to IU.