Williams ‘loved’ first Tuscaloosa trip

Alaric Williams isn’t the normal high school sophomore. He’s a two-way starter for a solid Gadsden (Ala.) Southside program, and he’s already got multiple SEC offers. Neither in-state school has pulled the trigger yet, though he’s been on Auburn’s radar for some time. On Saturday, however, he made his first visit to Alabama.

He’s 6-foot, 198 pounds, averaging better than 11 yards per carry for Gadsden (Ala.) Southside High School and is also the team’s top defensive back. Scout.com already pegs him as a four-star recruit, one of just three in the state. He already has offers from Georgia, Ole Miss and several others.

He is Alaric Williams, the class of 2017 standout.

Through his first five games this fall, the sophomore has 543 yards on 49 carries, including six touchdowns. He’s added another near 500 total yards as a wide receiver and returner, not to mention his defensive prowess as a corner and safety.

The running back projection has a lot going for him, but doesn’t yet hold SEC offers from the in-state schools. That can and likely will eventually change, and the first step with Nick Saban’s Alabama program came over the weekend as he made his initial trip to Tuscaloosa.

“I really loved it,” he said. “I met Saban and Coach (Burton) Burns. I had a real good talk with Coach (Bobby) Williams. He wants me to come back and get close with the campus and him, I really liked him.

"They like me as a running back, Coach Williams said he liked my size and build, and that he would watch more of my highlight film.”

Williams will bring his parents for his next trip to Bryant-Denny Stadium, to take place in less than a month.

“I had some old friends from Ashville to come with me, Coach Williams said I should bring my parents down next time,” he said. “So that’s who I’ll probably bring to the next game I go to. That will be 'Bama versus Texas A&M (October 18).”

After spending time with the coaching staff, the young talent took in Alabama’s 42-21 win over the Florida Gators.

It shouldn’t be a surprise to note the position group he had his eyes on.

“Definitely Derrick Henry,” Williams said laughing. “He’s a beast and probably the best back out of all three of them (Yeldon, Drake).”

After tours, time with coaches and players, and the game itself, the impression of Tuscaloosa and the Crimson Tide football program was seemingly a positive one.

“The facilities were unbelievable!" he said. “I knew they had good looking stuff, but I never knew the setup was that good. The whole place in general, the Mal Moore facility is incredible.”

Williams is one of just three class of 2017 four-stars in the state via Scout, alongside Markail Benton and A.J. Harris.


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