A five-star player considered one of the top players as his position in the country, Williams has been a frequent visitor to Auburn since his commitment last spring. Now getting ready for his one and only official visit beginning this Friday on the Plains, Williams says he can't wait to get to his future home.
"I'm just looking forward to getting to know the coaches even better for one thing," Williams tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Those are going to be my coaches for the next three or four years so why not try to get as close to them as I can now.
"Of course, I'll start talking football with Coach Johnson and Coach Smith, but first things first it's just getting to know them even better. As far as the players it's a weekend to have fun and just to see how it's going to be for the next three or four years. This is just the beginning for us."
Part of a class that is already ranked ninth in the country, Williams will be one of a large group of prospects on the Auburn campus this coming weekend. In addition there will be several big-time uncommitted players in as well including defensive end Andrew Williams and offensive tackle Braden Smith. Williams says that while they will help out when needed this weekend on the recruiting side of things, in the end what the Tigers did on the field this season speaks louder than anything they could say.
"We really don't have to recruit as much because the team itself and what they did recruits itself," Williams notes. "They had an awesome season going from 3-9 to the national championship. They really showed all the big-time players that we're trying to get that we're not faking it, we're really trying to shock the world and turn the program around.
"After they saw that with the team this year we're going to tell them to imagine what will happen when we get there and how much different it could have been. They have no choice but to say it's going to be really good because we're bringing a lot of good players in and there are already great players there. It's going to be one big great team that is going to make another run at it."
Tre Williams at the Alabama-Mississippi game
In Jordan-Hare Stadium for several games during the season including exciting wins over Georgia and Alabama, Williams says that watching the team perform this year made for a great experience each and every week. While the last-second wins were memorable, the talented linebacker notes that it was how the team responded every game that stood out to him.
"For me it was the fact that they overcame adversity," Williams says. "That was the first thing I saw. Since the beginning of the season they didn't come out flat at all. They played every game like it was their last game. They played not looking back, but looking forward. That's what I really liked about the team. They didn't give up in any game. If they were down they came back and fought. It was just the fight they had that stood out to me."
Testing himself against the best of the best in the country at the Under Armour game and practices, Williams teamed up with fellow commitments such as Sean White, Stephen Roberts, Kalvaraz Bessent and Dontavius Russell in Florida and also played with Rashaan Evans and others. He says the experience was one that he won't soon forget because he was able to compete against top players from across the country.
"That was a great experience," Williams says. "I don't think I could have had a better experience anywhere. Everybody that was there was D1 and someday maybe going to the NFL. They may be starting next year. Just the fact that I was able to compete against those guys, it was just great. It really showed me the things I need to work on before I get to college."
Solidly committed to Auburn, Williams says he's not taking any other visits and plans to sign with the Tigers on national signing day Feb. 5. Planning to be in prime shape when reporting next summer, he says his goal is to play early next season but knows that's going to take work and he's ready for it to begin.
"I have to get in Auburn shape," Williams says. "There is no other shape like Auburn's. If I'm not in Auburn shape then I won't make it. That's the first thing for me.
"Another thing is to get the academics down. I have to get off to a good start on my school work and get on that. I can't get anywhere if I don't pass my classes. Those are the two main points I'm going to focus on when I get there. I just want to start college on a good note.
"All I can say is War Eagle and I'll see everyone in the fall."