Comfortable in his decision to be a Tiger and focused on helping his team win it all this year, Williams says that his focus is sharp with his final high school season just around the corner.
"I'm beyond excited about this season," Williams tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "We have been working hard this summer in workouts. Some of the younger guys have been stepping up from last year. The coaching is great. I have a really good feeling about this season."
Watching Williams in action each of the last two seasons it was already plain to see that he excelled in a leadership role from his linebacker position despite having older players all around him. Now the veteran of the group, Williams has taken on an even bigger role for Coach Steve Mask's program, but he notes it's a two-way street at St. Paul's and that is what makes it work.
"The team actually made me the leader I am today," Williams says. "I'm not perfect and whenever some of the young kids see me slacking they pick me up and tell me what I'm doing wrong. That really motivates me because I try to be on top of my game because they're looking at me to be one of those leaders.
"That's a big motivation and I think it will help lead this team to a great start," he adds. "I think we'll be playing for a long time because the results are going to be well."
With a goal to become an even better leader as a senior, Williams says that it starts with an attitude in practice that will transfer to the game field on Friday nights. Falling in the season opener to Fairhope in 2012 before ripping off six consecutive wins, the nation's number three rated middle linebacker says this time around the focus is on the present and not the future.
"This year we're starting out with the mentality to take every game one game at a time," he says. "Last year, even after our first game, we were already looking forward to state. I think that was an early downfall for us because we weren't focused as much on who we were playing that Friday night, but who we would be playing in a month. I think that's really going to help because we can focus on going 1-0 and then 2-0 and get deeper into the season before hopefully getting to the state championship."
An All-State performer each of the last two seasons and one of the top prospects in the country, Williams already has everything laid out in front of him. Committed to Auburn and living the dream of most high school players, Williams could choose to coast through his final few months in Mobile before heading to the Plains. He points out that is not even an option.
"The first thing for me is becoming a better leader," Williams says. "All of my goals are starting to fall into place, but I'm not going to slack up and be satisfied. I already know there is something to work on. You will never see me say I'm happy about what's going on during the season because something can always be done better."
Spending the weekend in Auburn two weeks ago along with fellow commitments DeShaun Davis, Justin Thornton, Kamryn Pettway, Jakell Mitchell, Stanton Truitt and several others, Williams notes that he is pumped up about his commitment to the Tigers and is happy to be building a bond with his future teammates, a bond that will carry over when they all get to Auburn.
"We just met Stanton and he's a great guy," Williams says. "The fact that we just met him and five minutes later we were all laughing and joking around means we're already starting to build that relationship. We already know we're going to be playing on the same team and have each other's backs. I really like the commitments.
"I still have to meet Sean (White) and Raashed (Kennion), but I'm sure they are great guys. They're not only great guys but I'm sure they are great football players. I'm very excited to have them on my side. They are guys I can hang with outside of football and that's what I really like."
A player who is normally smiling and light-hearted off the field while playing with intensity in games, Williams is someone who could be huge in recruiting for the Tigers down the stretch in the 2014 recruiting class. With friends throughout the country and a winning personality, he is someone who could be very persuasive to other prospects, but he notes that's not his goal. Instead he says he plans to continue to talk to guys and let Auburn shine through his actions.
"Coach (Dameyune) Craig is one of the best recruiters in the country," Williams contends. "I'm really just here to show them how exciting it is to be committed to Auburn for one thing. I'm not trying to pressure any player to come to Auburn. For instance Ronnie Clark is one of my good friends. We actually met at Alabama. We just sit and chill and talk. I have already told him we're going to be friends even if he doesn't come to Auburn. I really want the other players to feel comfortable around me and don't see me as another recruiter for Auburn, but an Auburn commitment and another recruit like they are. I'm just going to be myself."
With his decision out of the way and nothing but a strong finish on his mind, Williams says he can now relax in the knowledge that he hass found his future home. Now all that is left is winning a championship on the high school level before beginning the journey to accomplish the same feat at Auburn.
"It's very relaxing because I don't have to talk to many coaches like I used to," Williams says. "I don't have to focus on this school and that school, it's just the fact that I know I'm going to play for Auburn and that's final. Now I get to focus on St. Paul's and helping my team to try to get far in the season instead of me stressing over what school is treating me the best or what coaches are showing the most interest. That is going to help my game this year and make me a better player."