Led by Coach Chip Walker, Sandy Creek has won back-to-back state titles in Class AAAA and Class AAA the last two seasons and they'll have another chance to do that this year with Williams outside at receiver. Transferring in from Heard County this spring, the big receiver had a chance to go through spring practice and begin to mesh with his new team. Walker said everything he's seen out of the future Auburn Tiger has been very positive.
"First of all he's a great kid," Walker said. "He's just a great young man. Since he's been here with us I've been very impressed with his work ethic and his character. Those things are the most important things to us because eventually football is going to end for everybody. He's done really good with those things.
"As a football player he's just an extremely hard worker," he added. "It's a little bit different than the offense he came from at Heard County so he really came out in spring practice and tried to soak up as much as he could of everything that we were doing. His eagerness to learn was big. That was important. It shows what he wants to do and the things he wants to do. I think he's going to be a great player for Auburn."
Since his time at Sandy Creek, Williams has been at the center of a fierce recruiting battle with many of the top schools in the country wanting him to play for them on the next level. Walker said despite all the attention and pressure he hasn't seen his player change at all.
"He kept a pretty level head about things the whole time," Walker said. "I never saw him get too up or too down about anything in the three months or so he's been here. The thing I was very impressed with is that he did it on his own time schedule. He did what he felt was going to be best for him and his family and that's important. I think he's going to have a great career and great future at Auburn."
Heading into his senior year and his first year at Sandy Creek, Williams has some big shoes to fill for the Patriots. Former players there include Kedric Golston, who went on to play for the Georgia Bulldogs, and perhaps the best wide receiver in the nation in the last decade in Calvin Johnson. Walker said he's not sure how good Williams can be, but he feels like he's got a lot of improving still in front of him.
"There is no doubt his potential and upside is huge," Walker said. "Obviously we have some things we want to get accomplished here in the next year. Hopefully we'll get him a little more prepared. The guys at Heard County did a great job with him, we're just going to try to continue to build on that and get him a little more prepared in a different offense. It's going to be a lot of fun and we look forward to a good year with him."