Big Cats Become Big Recruiters for Tigers

Big Cat Weekend visitor Tre Williams talks about his trip to Auburn and his goal of lining up more good players for his signee class.

Mobile, Ala.--Tre Williams returned to Auburn for the first time as a commitment to the Tigers with the goal of doing some recruiting while having fun at the same time. The four-star linebacker says he accomplished both assignments.

"I know most of the coaches, but it was great to spend more time with them and get to know them better," says Williams, who announced on May 8th that he had chosen Auburn over Alabama, LSU and many others as his college destination.

"The Big Cat Weekend gave all of the recruits a chance to get together and talk," he says. "On visits during games there is so much going on we don't always have time to do that.

"We just had a fun time and got a chance to relax, sit back and get to know the coaches better," he points out. "I think Big Cat is a great idea. I really got to know the coaches better and see their fun side."

Williams, one of four Auburn commitments for the 2014 signee class from the Mobile area, notes that he and Josh Casher, Justin Thornton and DeShaun Davis took advantage of the opportunity to do some recruiting during the Big Cat event. "We are trying to make this team better than they were last year," he says.

"I think we are doing a pretty good job," Williams says of his Mobile group. "Most of the commits were there and they saw how we acted. We were relaxed, we weren't up tight and all of that. We all came together. We communicated together and had a great time. I think we will have a pretty good chance of getting some of the players who were there."

Tre Williams has been a standout at St. Paul's in Mobile since his freshman season.

Williams notes that he spent time talking with Oxford High running back Roc Thomas, a five-star recruit who returned to Auburn to participate in the Big Cat Weekend. "Roc Thomas and I talked a lot and I talked to other recruits, too," he says, adding that he exchanged phone numbers with other prospects he plans to build relationships and try to convince him to join Auburn's 2014 signee class.

"I think we are going to have a great feeling on some other commitments," says Williams, who saw the recruiting class pick up commitments eight and nine during the Big Cat event when tight end/H-back Jakell Mitchell of Opelika High announced for the Tigers followed by safety Nick Ruffin from St. Pius X in Atlanta.

Williams says he liked everything about the Big Cat Weekend. He especially enjoyed the eating competitions and the final event, a water ballon battle. "I just had a really good time and I think the other recruits did, too," he says. "It was all fun and the food was great."

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