A teammate at First Coast High School of Auburn commitment Raashed Kennion and himself a verbal pledge to Coach Tommy Tuberville and Cincinnati, the athletic defensive end points out his return visit to Auburn where he was a standout at summer prospects camp was "pretty fun" starting with being able to attend the team's Senior Banquet on Friday night.
"We got to hang out with Carl Lawson and Elijah (Daniel)," he said of the true freshman defensive ends who played key roles in Auburn winning the SEC Championship. "The banquet was really nice. They acknowledged the seniors on the academic part. Then the accomplishments, I didn't know Coach Malzahn had that many awards. I think he won every single award. It was just a really good environment."
One of the biggest draws to Auburn for Williams is defensive line Coach Rodney Garner. Someone he has built a strong relationship with since camping at Auburn, the 6-4, 230-pound high school senior notes that Garner's style of coaching and his history of playing guys early are things he really likes.
"It was pretty cool," he said of the weekend with Garner and defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson. "We got to talk to Coach Johnson, too, and they are both pretty knowledgeable. It's pretty evident. I think Coach Garner said it was his 24th year coaching in the SEC so he has a lot of experience."
Still committed to Cincinnati with Auburn right behind, Williams said that one of the biggest things he will consider moving forward with recruiting is his relationship with both Garner and defensive line coach Robert Prunty with the Bearcats, but added that is just one of the pieces of the puzzle.
"If I can get a better relationship with him then everything will be all right," he said. "That is not necessarily all of it. It's the bigger picture, the education and everything, and how I fit into the program. It's not just that, but that is one of the major things I'll decide off of."
Kennion made the trip to Auburn this weekend as well to be on hand for Williams' visit and that is something Williams said he has come to expect from his good friend. Getting a strong push from him about the Tigers led Williams to take visits to both the Auburn vs. Georgia and Auburn vs. Alabama games this season, a move that proved to be beneficial for both.
"Obviously. both of them were great," Williams said. "I thought it couldn't get any better than the Georgia game. Me and Raashed and the rest of the recruits were on the field before Chris Davis even scored."
Williams noted that he likes Malzahn and the general direction Auburn's program is heading in. As for Cincinnati he said Prunty as well as Tuberville are two of the strong points for the Bearcats. He doesn't have a timetable for a final decision and adds it's just a matter of figuring out which school is the best fit.