Auburn On The Rise With Four-Star Williams

Four-star defensive end Andrew Williams discusses his visit to Auburn for Big Cat Weekend.

A dynamic pass rusher who is rated a four-star prospect and the number 31 defensive end in the country, Eagles Landing Christian Academy (Ga.) standout Andrew Williams was one of several top players on hand for Big Cat Weekend on the Auburn campus over the weekend. With Clemson, Notre Dame, LSU, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, South Carolina and several other schools high on his list before his trip to the Plains, the 6-4, 240 Williams says now that he has seen Auburn the Tigers are definitely a program he wants to see more of.

"They definitely moved up," Williams says of Auburn. "They weren't really on my radar before because I really didn't know much about them. Since Coach Garner came I think it helped a little bit. Seeing Coach Garner produce, I had to go over there to check it out. It definitely moved up on my list of schools.

"I enjoyed it," Williams adds. "The visit was needed. I have been talking with Coach (Dameyune) Craig and Coach (Rodney) Garner for a while. It was a visit I needed to experience Auburn and catch up with Coach Garner since he left UGA."

Dominating from his defensive end position last season as a junior, Williams finished the year with 60 tackles and 18 sacks. Those numbers brought offers from all over as Williams started taking visits to schools during the spring to put together an early list. Getting to see Auburn for the first time on Saturday he notes there is plenty to like about the Tigers.

"The things that stood out to me were the facilities and coaches," Williams says. "It was Big Cat Weekend and it was so interactive with the players. I have never seen Coach Garner in that form. It was nice seeing the coaches. We sat down with Coach Garner and the Head Coach and it was nice. They broke down the depth chart, scheme, and everything for me."

With Jeff Whitaker, Kenneth Carter, Dee Ford, Craig Sanders and Nosa Eguae all seniors this season on the defensive line and several more juniors, Auburn's defensive line is loaded with experienced players. That means the likelihood for early playing time is high for players signed in the 2014 class. That's something Williams says Garner talked about when they chatted on Saturday.

Something else Garner discussed was the position Auburn sees Williams playing if he came to school on the Plains. A big defensive end that could probably play at 265-275 pounds down the road, Williams says many 3-4 teams are talking to him about playing defensive end in their schemes. This weekend was the first time a team that plays a four-man front discussed defensive end with him and it's something he liked hearing.

"Auburn runs a 4-2-5 and what he explained to me is that I would be a defensive end," Williams says. "That would be the first 4-2-5 team that wants me as a defensive end. That's really nice. I opened my eyes a little bit to that."

With all those positives coming from his visit, Williams says he plans to take another trip to see Auburn down the road. While the facilities, his position and everything else makes the Tigers a serious threat for his signature, in the end Garner could be the difference-maker for his old school in the race for the talented defensive lineman.

"The whole time he wanted his kids coming here even when he was at Georgia," Williams says. "He's a good Auburn Alumnus. He never once spoke bad about Georgia or any other school. He just expressed his love for Auburn."

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