Talented 2014 LB Enjoys Auburn Camp

Tre Williams discusses his Auburn camp experience on Saturday and what he likes about the Tigers.

Mobile, Ala.—One of the top linebackers in Alabama for the 2014 class, St. Paul's standout Tre Williams was on the Auburn campus Saturday to take part in the Tigers' final summer camp for 2012. A frequent visitor on the Plains since his freshman season, Williams said this time the trip had a much different feel as he was one of the more high profile players in attendance.

"It was great," Williams said. "First time back at Auburn, it was great to compete. There were some great players. 2014 is going to be a great class, the linebackers especially. The camp was very good at Auburn. I'm pretty sure I got better today.

"I felt kind of special, not too much though," he added about the day. "I came to the camp to get better, meet the coaches and see how they are in action and meet some of the other recruits and see what they're looking for. I basically came to get better."

Saturday was the first opportunity for Williams to work with Auburn's new defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder as well as Tommy Thigpen, who is moving to coach the linebackers this season for the Tigers. Being able to work with both of them was one of the highlights of the day according to the 6-2, 217 Williams.

"It was great," Williams said. "They were picking on me all day. That's what I want them to do. I like being pushed and I want them to keep pushing me because I want to get better and I want to be the best player.

"They are great people and great coaches. Before I went out to the camp, they were showing us plays. They are very easy to understand and that's a good thing because I'm at middle linebacker and I have to know what everybody else does. The way they were telling me how they do things is very understandable. I would like to play for them."

Currently holding nine offers with the latest coming from Clemson, Florida, and USC, Williams is in a great position heading into his junior year. With offers from many of the top programs in the country including Auburn and Alabama, he said right now he's just focusing on his junior year and everything else will fall into place.

"God is blessing," Williams said. "I'm thankful every day. He has blessed me with the talent and now I have to work with it. The offers don't mean anything. They are just something that says they want me to come to their school. It's up to my coaches and my mom to see if I go to college and if I still work hard. It's up to my mindset of playing hard and also schoolwork. It's more than just the offers."

Because he's still got 18 months before signing day in 2014, Williams said he's not in a hurry to make a decision. That doesn't mean he hasn't already thought about it however as he noted he plans to begin to narrow things down at this time next year.

"It's getting harder," Williams said. "The decision is really getting harder. Yes, people are telling me to narrow it down but I'm still trying to have fun with it. Yes, I have to narrow it down soon but I can't do it right now.

"By my senior year, I'm going to narrow it down to three schools," he added. "I don't know which three yet. Auburn has a great chance. I have to visit more, but I'm pretty sure Alabama will be up there too."

For now Williams said he's concentrating on the upcoming season with the Saints and trying to get them back in the playoffs. With plenty of talent on both sides of the ball he said the goal is to play for a title in Jordan-Hare Stadium at the end of the year.

"We have a young team and we are working very hard this summer," Williams said. "The coaches are putting us through a lot. If we don't go out and play well it's our fault because the coaches are doing everything to push us and make us better. I think we're coming. We're on our way."

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