Young Linebacker Prospect Joins Safety Patrol

St. Paul's sophomore standout has expanded his role as the Saints move into the state playoffs.

Mobile, Ala.--One of the top young linebacker prospects in the state of Alabama has taken on a new role playing strong safety for Class 5A power St. Paul's.

Tre Williams, a 6-2, 215-pound sophomore, already has a scholarship offer from the Auburn Tigers and has been a key performer in leading the Saints into this week's state playoffs with a 9-1 record.

"He was playing linebacker, but he is such a good player we are moving him around so we can position him all over the field," says St. Paul's head coach Jimmy Perry.

"We move our safety down against people's strengths and we can play him in the middle of the field so he can roam sideline to sideline," Perry points out. "At linebacker we had him so close to the ball we were limiting where he could make an impact so we backed him up where he can run and see the football. He does a great job with that assignment."

Williams notes that he is enjoying his new role on the St. Paul defense. "I like it," he says. "There is a lot of room to work with. There is also a lot of responsibility playing the position."

Tre Williams

In game number nine, a victory over Class 6A Enterprise High School, Williams even played a little bit of receiver and excited his teammates when he made a big play on a pass reception.

"It was fun to go back on offense," he says. "It is a long time since I have done that. The last time I caught a pass in a game was my last year of park ball."

After cruising to a 35-6 victory over rival UMS-Wright to close the regular season, St. Paul's will play host to Woodlawn in the opening round of the state playoffs.

"We have improved a lot since we played Davidson at the beginning of the season," says Williams. "We are not there yet, but we are going to get better."

Williams says that Auburn is his early favorite. He visited the campus for the Tigers' victory over Florida. He has also been to games at LSU and Alabama. He has a scholarship offer from Alabama plus one from Florida State, but notes his focus is on the playoffs as St. Paul's homes to make a state title run starting this week.

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