Top Rated Linebacker Likes Malzahn's Tigers

St. Paul's standout Tre Williams discusses his Junior Day visit to check out Gus Malzahn's Tigers.

Mobile,'s No. 1 rated middle linebacker prospect for the 2014 signee class, Tre Williams from St. Paul's, said his Saturday at Auburn's Junior Day gave him the opportunity to get to know Gus Malzahn and his coaching staff.

"I am starting to sense us building that relationship," Williams said. "I already knew Coach Dameyune Craig from FSU so we already had that relationship. I have just got to get used to seeing him in Auburn. We have already built that relationship."

Craig, who recruited the Mobile area for the Seminoles, actually offered a scholarship to Williams when he was a ninth grader at St. Paul's. Nothing the big linebacker has done since then has called into question Craig's judgement in that regard.

"I toured the campus again," Williams said. "It was nice to be back in Auburn. I hadn't been there in a while. I am going to be back in a couple of weeks and get back and start talking to the coaches more and more. It was great meeting the coaches today. I met Coach Johnson (defensive coordinator and linebacker coach Ellis Johnson) and Coach Malzahn today.

"All of them are cool guys and great coaches," Williams said. "I saw some film on them. They have really good schemes and really good ideas for the team coming up. I also talked to the strength and conditioning coach (Ryan Russell). He has some good ideas for the team for working out and stuff. I?really like the work ethic."

Williams said that he has a list of five favorites that in addition to Auburn includes Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Southern Cal. "Auburn and Alabama are neck and neck right now," he said when asked if one program stands out above the rest.

Williams, who noted he measured in at 6-2, 226 pounds on Saturday, said he was impressed with Auburn's facilities, including the new dorm project that will be the home to members of the football team. It is located on the site of the former athletic dorm, Sewell Hall and is scheduled to be completed this summer.

Williams is shown in action as a junior.

The linebacker predicted success for the Tigers with the new head coach running the show. "Coach Malzahn won the national championship with Cam and I think he is going to bring some goodness to the offense for next year and I am just looking forward to watching them next season," he said of the Tigers.

Williams has also played safety in high school, as well as tight end. He has shown the ability to make tackles from sideline to sideline and is effective making plays inside in traffic or in space on the edges.

Asked what the Auburn coaches told him about where he would play if he signs with the Tigers, the high school junior said, "They see me as a middle linebacker--the mike or will. They said if I don't play in the middle I will play outside and they will rush me."

Williams noted that he doesn't have any other junior day visits lined up at this time.

On Saturday in Auburn he also hung out with several other recruits. Williams mentioned Shaun Hamilton, Justin Thornon, DeShaun Davis and his high school teammate, Josh Casher, as players he spent time with on the AU campus.

"I talked to Shaun Hamilton," Williams said. "Justin Thornton, I already knew him because we live in the same parts. He talks good about Auburn. I brought Josh Casher with me. He said he had a great time--him and his family. Deshaun Davis from Vigor said he a great time also."

Williams noted that he and his teammates at St. Paul's are already working on preparing for next season. The team is working out twice a day.

Asked what his goals are as he prepares for his senior year, the linebacker said, "The first thing is being a leader. I have a lot of experience and I have to teach them about some of the stuff we have to do this year.

"We have a lot of young guys and I told them they are going to have to step up this year," Williams added. "I think we are going to do pretty good."

Williams noted he also wants to develop an outstanding work ethic and continue to improvement physically. "I have to get faster, stronger and bigger," he said.

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