Williams checks out Tide practice

Darryl Williams was already a three-star prospect on Scout.com entering the Birmingham Nike camp last month, but he still performed above expectation earning an invitation to Nike's The Opening this summer for one of the top performances among linemen at the event. Alabama and Auburn have hosted him on campus since, and Wednesday he was in Tuscaloosa for practice.

Already with a pair of SEC offers to his name and ever-growing interest after stoning Daron Payne on two of three reps at last month's Nike Football Training Camp, Darryl Williams has become a hot commodity.

The three-star offensive lineman from Bessemer City (Ala.) High visited Auburn on Tuesday and Alabama on Wednesday. While it wasn't his first trip to Tuscaloosa, it was his initial impression of the recently renovated facilities.

"I visited Alabama today," he said. "It was great, Coach [Mario] Cristobal really wants to coach me.

"He loves that I can move in space, my quick feet and my work ethic."

The Crimson Tide's Offensive line coach told the class of 2015 prospect that an offer could be on the table soon. The potential extension would represent the first major in-state offer, though Mississippi State, Kentucky, Cincinnati and several others have already pulled the trigger.

"He (Crostobal) is going to sit down with Nick Saban and talk about offering me," Williams said. "It would be great knowing that one of the best colleges in the state of Alabama likes what I can do."

The Bessemer City junior wouldn't go as far as saying a Crimson Tide offer would vault them into the lead for his signature, however. Everything within his recruitment has been taken in stride, and every offer is calculated on its own and of course with the proper people around him.

"I'm still meeting with my coaches, and with my mom before I can say anything (like that)," he said. "But it was a good feeling to be apart of something special. The new locker rooms are great and every coach treats you like (you're) their son."

Williams added that the notion held true with Saban as well, who he met for the first time on Wednesday.

"It was the best part," he said. "He said he really likes what I can do in open space, and my footwork.

"I mean, he's a great coach and it was great to meet him."


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