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Offensive lineman Jamari Williams announces transfer from Arizona

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There will be at least one less scholarship athlete available for the Arizona Wildcats for Friday’s Territorial Cup game, as redshirt freshman offensive lineman Jamari Williams announced Tuesday he was entering the NCAA transfer portal.

“After many days of thinking and consulting with my family, I have come to a decision that, to achieve my goals, I am entering the transfer portal. In life, everything doesn’t go as planned. Sometimes the path you start out on is not the one that will get you to the desired destination, you may need to change course. I have to make the best decision based on the information I have currently, this decision is what fits best for me and mine. I want to thank Coach Gilbert for offering me a scholarship out of high school. I also would like to thank Coach Brian Johnson and his staff for pushing me to be a better person and better player everyday and every work out! With that being said I’m open to all schools!”

The 6-foot-3, 298-pound Williams had yet to appear in a game in his two seasons with Arizona after signing in the 2018 recruiting class. The Florida native picked the Wildcats after originally committing to Louisville.

Williams is at least the third UA player to leave the program in the past two weeks, following freshmen defensive backs Khary Crump and Edric Whitley. Combined with players who have opted out or are injured, the Wildcats have less than 65 available scholarship athletes on the roster, with the FS1 broadcast noting during Saturday’s home loss to UCLA that Arizona only had 55 scholarship players able to play.