Four-Star Has AU In Top Two Following Visit

Talented defensive end Leonard Williams talks about his official visit to Auburn and what has the Tigers in his top two.

Daytona Beach, Fla.—Four-star defensive end Leonard Williams took his first official visit over the weekend as he was on hand for Auburn's win over the Florida Gators at Jordan-Hare Stadium as well as having the chance to sit in and talk with coaches and players on Sunday. Following the trip Williams said it couldn't have gone any better for him.

"It went great," Williams said. "I really feel at home there. I'm very comfortable. Every time I go there it just brings my comfort level back up again. I just really love the coaches and atmosphere.

I really love the family atmosphere," he adds. "Everybody gets along very well. It's truly like a brotherhood. It's kind of like where I'm coming from right now."

Arriving in Auburn on game day Williams said for him it was a great experience to see Tiger Walk and all the festivities surrounding the game. In addition his time spent with the players and coaches gave him the opportunity to see more than just football from the Tigers.

"I got here Saturday morning and got to hang out with some of the players," Williams said. "I got to hang out with Nosa (Eguae), the defensive end. It's just really great. The coaches and players really get along good. Everybody is like a brother. I love it.

"Nosa, he's really cool. He seems like he will take me under his wing and help me out a lot. Last time I came I was hanging out with Gabe (Wright) a lot and we're still cool with each other. We were talking a lot over the weekend."

Wright is just one of many true freshmen that are seeing time on defense for the Tigers and playing better week by week. Williams said he's watched Auburn closely early this season and has noticed how much they've improved and also how many young guys are seeing action. That's something he said has him excited about the Tigers.

"It tells me Coach Chiz really believes in playing true freshmen or younger people," Williams said. "He lets you get a spot. He's telling me and I saw with my own eyes that they are short at defensive end right now. I really have a chance to come and play."

Also working in Auburn's favor is his relationship with defensive line Coach Mike Pelton. Having the opportunity to see him in action before and after the game Williams had nothing but positives to say about the first-year Auburn coach.

"I got to talk to Coach Pelton a lot and watch some film with him and the defensive line," Williams said. "I got to really talk a lot of one on one with him. When he's serious it's serious business, but he gets to joke around at the same time. Him and the defensive line they really interact with each other a lot."

Williams said that Auburn is in his top two at the moment along with Florida and he plans to make another trip to the Iron Bowl in November along with his mother. He also plans to take an official visit to Florida as well with Alabama, Florida State and others also in the mix. He said he hopes to make his decision public at the Under Armour Game in January.

"I might commit early but it's going to be a silent commit," he said. "I don't want everybody to know. I'm going to commit at the Under Armour game."

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