Top Linebacker Enjoys Return Trip To Auburn

St. Paul's linebacker Tre Williams discusses his visit to Auburn on Saturday, gives his thoughts on the Tigers' defense, and more.

Mobile, Ala.—The nation's number three rated middle linebacker prospect, Tre Williams from St. Paul's School, was back in Auburn for the second consecutive weekend as he took in the second spring scrimmage for the Tigers on Saturday.

Watching closely how the defense played and the pace of the offense, he noted it was good to see them working hard on the field.

"It was a great experience," Williams said. "Their offense was moving really fast. The defense played well and the offense played well also. I saw a couple of players like the linebackers, they did really good. The running back Corey Grant is really good. They did really good today actually. It really showed me how fast the game can be. I think they'll be ready for the season."

A linebacker capable of playing inside or outside and even athletic enough to compete at the "star" position, Williams said he spent a lot of time watching Coach Ellis Johnson on the field as well as the group of linebackers. He said after seeing the veteran coach teaching the position he likes how he does things.

"He's a good coach," Williams said of Johnson. "He's old-school but he's a really good coach. All the signals and everything they do is pretty confusing, but I'm pretty sure once I get into the system it's going to become easier. He talked to me before and he was just telling me he doesn't do much complicated stuff. He tries to make it as easy as possible, but they have a lot of it."

Seeing improvement at the linebacker position out of the Tigers on his two trips, Williams noted he believes Johnson has the unit on the right track to be much improved in 2013.

"They have more intensity than last year," Williams said. "I think they are actually going to be better than last year. The defensive linemen are bigger and stronger. They were getting to the ball. They still have more players coming in too so they're not finished. Seeing that defense now and seeing what they are getting, they are going to be really good."

Being recruited by just about every school in the country, Williams has been working with a group of five schools for much of the last two months and continues with Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Ole Miss and USC as his favorites.

"I think it's going to be the same group for a while," Williams said. "They are all still showing the same interest. I'll be at Alabama next week at their A-Day game. I'm going to try to visit Florida during the summer and try to take an official visit to USC. I'm still calling the coaches like Tee Martin and all them. All are showing that interest and they said they'll come see me this spring."

With Auburn on his list and a place he knows very well, Williams is going to get a strong push to commit to the Tigers from current teammate Joshua Casher. A recent Auburn commitment on the offensive line, Casher is very good friends with Williams and he said the future center made a great choice in picking the Tigers because it's a great opportunity down the road for him.

"Josh tells me all the time that if I don't commit to Auburn then he'll put me on my head," Williams said. "We just play around, but I'm really happy that he did it. I think Auburn is a pretty good school and he'll have a lot of fun there. He really fits the system after seeing it again today. Reese (Dismukes) will be gone in the next year so he'll have a guaranteed spot if he comes in and works like I know he could."

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