Auburn Football Newcomers To Watch: No. 11

Wide receiver is a position that is open for early playing time in 2012.

Auburn, Ala.—Coming in at No. 11 on our list of incoming Auburn players that have a chance to make an impact in their first season of collegiate game action is wide receiver Jaquay Williams.

A physical wide receiver prospect who has the ability to go over the middle and make the tough catches while also possessing the speed to get deep, Williams could provide a different dynamic in Coach Scot Loeffler's first season as the offensive coordinator for the Tigers.

Rated a four-star prospect and the number 16 wide receiver prospect in the country, the 6-4, 200 Williams was a big-play receiver for Sandy Creek, Ga., High as a senior. Catching 47 passes for 968 yards and 10 touchdowns while also adding a kickoff return for a score, Williams showed he's capable of scoring from anywhere on the field.

Jaquay Williams

Scout.com recruiting analyst Chad Simmons had plenty of opportunities to see Williams in action and believes the Tigers got a player in the 2012 class that has tons of upside.

"One of his biggest strengths is his body control," Simmons said. "When he goes up in the air, he is likely to make the pay if the ball is within reach. He really knows how to stay under control, make adjustments in the air, and to bring the ball in.

"Many big receivers like him are not strong in the open field, but he can make guys miss, and make plays with his legs in space," Simmons added. "His size gives him a real advantage, too. As he learns how to run better routes, he is going to be more difficult to cover. He will likely play at somewhere around 220 pounds on the next level, so he will be tough to cover one on one down the road.

"Overall, Williams is a big wideout who is very fluid. He can run in space, he can change direction, and he can make catches in traffic. He could be a real weapon inside the red zone at Auburn and that can could be moved around at receiver to create good match-ups for the Tiger offense. His best football is still ahead of him."

With Emory Blake the only consistent wide receiver on the Auburn roster and plenty of others trying to get to that level the last two seasons, Coach Trooper Taylor is looking for another outside receiver to complement the senior this season. While it won't be easy to learn a new offense and jump into the rotation, Williams has the ability to do just that this fall for the Tigers.

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