In current-day college football, it’s normal for February signees to leave home in June to start school, get acclimated and take part in summer workouts. It’s more or less expected.
When Ricky Williams did it, he was a pioneer. The running back from Duncanville signed with Texas Tech in 1997 and showed up two months ahead of his classmates back when no one much did that.
And boy, did getting a jump on things ever pay off.