Still On the Radar: 4-Star Talks About Auburn

A class of 2014 defensive line prospect discusses his interest in the Auburn football Tigers.

McDonough, Ga.--Back in Auburn for the third time this summer, four-star defensive end Andrew Williams says his relationship with the AU coaching staff is continuing to grow.

Williams stopped in Auburn for a day on his way back from a visit to Ole Miss and spent time talking to defensive line coach Rodney Garner and other members of Gus Malzahn's staff.

"Coach Garner is always a great guy to hang out with," Williams said. "He and his whole family were there. He is a great family guy. It was real cool."

Williams noted that he hasn't decided when he is going to chose his college, but points out that Auburn is in the mix along with Georgia, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Florida and FSU. "I am pretty open at this point," said Williams, who is headed into his senior season at Eagles Landing Christian Academy.

"I am going to make my decision when it feels right," added Williams, a 6-4, 240-pound prospect who made 60 tackles along with 18 quarterback sacks last season in helping his team to the state championship.

The defensive end notes that he spent part of his time in Auburn with an incoming freshman defensive end from Georgia he knows. "I hung out with Carl Lawson a lot," Williams said. "He's gotten bigger--he's huge. I also hung out with a couple of recruits who are committed so it was a fun day.

"I got good inside feel from coaches and players," Williams pointed out. "It was a great hangout day. They made a plan to spend time with me--him and the head coach. That is really cool. The head coach spent all day with my dad, who was coat-tailing him all day. It was good to see them bond in their relationship."

Andrew Williams is attracting plenty of attention from college coaches.

Williams, who starts preseason practice this week, noted he is eager to put the pads on and get back on the field. "We are ready to get that second championship," he said.

"My goal for the season is to be one of the leaders of the team and help us win a second state championship," the prospect said. "Also, I want to end the season college ready."

Another one of his goals is to contribute as a part-time player on offense. "I am playing a little tight end so hopefully I can get at least two touchdowns," he said. "That would be fun."

Williams said Auburn's struggles in 2012 don't hurt the Tigers in his eyes. "Every team has a bottom and needs players to work their way up," he said, adding that hanging out with Auburn's incoming freshmen gives him a positive feeling about the future of the program and helped him understand why the Tigers are bringing in talented prospects.

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