2014 LB Sees "Outstanding" Atmosphere

Class of 2014 linebacker prospect Tre Williams talks about the atmosphere for the Auburn-LSU game and what he saw from Brian VanGorder's defense.

Mobile, Ala.—One of the top linebackers in the South for the 2014 class, St. Paul's standout Tre Williams, was one of the dozens of talented players on hand Saturday night for Auburn's game against LSU at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

A frequent visitor to the Plains since his freshman season, Williams said Saturday night's atmosphere was a special one for him as he saw Auburn's defense play the way they're capable of performing against one of the top teams in the country.

"The defense was awesome," Williams tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Other people might have a different perspective, but I think it was a great game. They stopped the ball, ran to the ball and hit the ball. Some of the guys were hurt, but the team in general played great. The atmosphere was great the whole time even when they were down. The atmosphere was just great and the game was great.

"It was just outstanding," he added of the atmosphere. "It was hype the whole game. They never got down. I just love the game of football."

A big underdog at home after a slow start to the season, Auburn went into the game without many giving the Tigers a chance to keep it close, much less get a win. Williams said for him it was all about going to see a good game and he wasn't worried about the struggles early for Coach Gene Chizik's team.

"I'm not worried about their record," Williams said. "Any team can be beat. Any team can get better. I figured it was going to be a good game like it was. Back home people asked me why I was going to the game, but I didn't listen to them. I wanted to support and they did their thing."

A linebacker by trade, Williams said he spent a lot of time watching Daren Bates, Jake Holland and company play for Coach Brian VanGorder's defense. Much-maligned early in the season, he said the guys did a great job against a powerful LSU offense.

"The linebackers did great," Williams said. "I watched them most of the time when they were on defense and they ran to the ball and hit the ball. They fought off blockers. I learned a little something."

With offers already from Auburn, Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Ole Miss and several others, the 6-2, 220 Williams said that right now his focus is on his team and making a run at playing in Jordan-Hare Stadium at the end of the season in the Super Six. To accomplish that goal he said that his main focus has been on improving his game and becoming more of a player the other guys can look up to.

"I think I have improved on being a leader," Williams said. "I just want to become a better provider than a player individually. I'm providing for the team more. Of course individual comes with that, but the team comes first."

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