Auburn Leads For North Carolina Prep Standout

Auburn leads for North Carolina prep standout defensive tackle Arthur Williams following his visit on Monday.

Fayetteville, N.C.--Rated a three-star defensive tackle prospect and #39 at his position in the nation by, big Arthur Williams already holds offers from Florida State, Miami and East Carolina. On Monday the 6-4, 305 upcoming senior took a trip to Auburn to check out another of his favorites and came away impressed by what he saw and experienced.

"When I first came to Auburn, I had some suspicions about it," Williams said. "I wasn't really sure if I wanted to go to school there. I came down and met the coaches and the whole staff and everything, and the difference between Auburn and all the other colleges is it's more of a family. You have fun when you come to Auburn.

"Other places are strictly business," he adds. "When I went into position meetings with my position coaches, they show me highlights. There they showed me plays and how I would be playing in the defense and the role and effect I would have at Auburn."

Still waiting on an offer from the Tigers, Williams said he believes it could be just around the corner based on his conversations with Gus Malzahn and defensive line coach Rodney Garner. Needing some work to do on his academics as a senior. Williams noted that the Auburn staff wants to learn more about him before pulling the trigger on an offense. It didn't keep him from putting the Tigers at the top of his list following his trip.

"After coming to Auburn and seeing everything and their plan for me, they told me if I come to summer school and take the summer and spring classes that I could graduate with my degree in three or three and a half years," Williams said. "My fourth year of eligibility I could work on my Masters.

"I'm a student-athlete and that's what I want. I could play early because these next two years they are losing nine linemen. I could play as a freshman. After seeing Auburn and being around the atmosphere they are the leaders right now."

As a junior he made 93 tackles with four sacks, forced two fumbles and returned one for a touchdown. With the ability to make plays in the opponents' backfield with regularity, he could be a big piece of the puzzle for the Tigers if they extend an offer. Williams said if that happens things could get really interesting.

"I would want to commit, but I'm still going to sit back and wait until the beginning of the season," he said of what it would mean to get an Auburn offer. "At the end of the summer I'm going to come out with my list of colleges, my top five, and go from there.

"They recruit some of the top players there. I'm young so I could learn from them and just watch them and get advice from them. They never sugar coated anything to me. They kept it real. As far as my major Business Marketing I would bust my butt in the spring and summer and graduate early and get my Masters in my fourth year and hopefully go pro."

Still somewhat of an unknown prospect around the country, Williams' performance at the Shrine Bowl Combine opened the eyes of several schools with East Carolina being the first to offer. With schools continuing to show interest he could see his stock continue to climb as he gets into his senior season.

"My recruitment has already taken off," Williams said. "Everybody is recruiting me but not everybody has offered me. I think once my grades come in after the first semester and I take my SAT again after the football season then everybody is going to offer."

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