A player who has the chance to be a difference maker in Gus Malzahn's offense after earning back-to-back junior college All-American honors, Auburn is getting a special talent, says MGCCC wide receiver Coach Pete Bennett.
"He is a physical kid who can run really well, " Bennett said. "He has great route-running and just a knack for playing the ball in the air. When the ball is in the air it seems like he's always coming down with it.
"His freshman year with us I don't know how many people knew about him and he put up some big numbers," the coach said. "His second year he didn't put up as many numbers because they played him completely different.
"There was somebody over the top and somebody running with him at all times and he had better catches because of that. He added that other element. The year before he was running by people. Now he was going up with the ball in the air and I have never seen a guy with the body position he has. And then he's got great hands and a great feel for the game. He's a smart kid. He can do it all."
At 6-2, 215-pounder, Williams caught 51 passes for 733 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore despite facing constant double-team situations. As a freshman the Reserve, La., native had 67 receptions for 1,295 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Choosing Auburn over his home state school LSU, Williams was voted a team captain this season at Mississippi Gulf Coast as was fellow Auburn signee Derrick Moncrief. Expected to enroll in January and go through spring practice, Williams should add immediate firepower to a wide receiver group already with proven playmakers such as Sammie Coates, Ricardo Louis, Quan Bray and Marcus Davis.
"There's no question that physically he's ready," Bennett said. "He can run. He is a physical kid. He's a great blocker. You see all those catches, but he was our best blocker the last two years as well. He can really get after it and can be a return guy as well.
"He's good going and getting it and he's good with it in his hands," the coach said. "We've had a lot of great players at Gulf Coast, guys in the NFL, and he's the best player at his position that we've had. I have no question that he's as ready for the SEC as you could be."
Williams is one of four mid-termjunior college signees for the Tigers, joining Moncrief and Xavier Dampeer. A physical safety prospect originally from Prattville High School, Moncrief is expected to challenge immediately for playing time in the secondary for Auburn. A former defensive lineman turned offensive lineman, Dampeer is expected to get his first look at the center position.
Commenting on his first initial trio of mid-term signees, Coach Gus Malzahn said, "I am very excited that we signed three junior college players today. It starts with the No. 1 player in junior college in D'haquille Williams, a wide receiver from Gulf Coast Community College. He is a dynamic player that can run, catch and do all of the things it takes to be a great receiver. Offensive lineman Xavier Dampeer from Copiah-Lincoln has the ability to play center and guard. He is a big strong kid. Derrick Moncrief from Gulf Coast Community College is a big guy that can tackle and has good cover skills."
Later on Wednesday the Tigers added another signee when four-star defensive end Davonte Lambert switched his commitment from Tennessee to Auburn. Lambert had taken a serious look at the Tigers and took an official visit to the Plains over the summer.
All four of the signees are scheduled to start classes at Auburn in January.