"I started visiting Auburn in the summer," Williams said. "That was when they had just gotten done with a horrible season. I was just there to check it out. I really bought into them saying they were going to turn it around – that caught my interest. Then seeing them do what they said they were going to do in action… you have to take note of that."
Saying that he knew Auburn was the place for him following his official visit, Williams said there are plenty of positives about the Tigers and he's just ready to be part of the program.
"It was just that I believe in the coaches," Williams said. "They can help me develop as a man in every way possible, not just as a football player. You provide all that plus a great program plus a great place to live and I don't see how you can go wrong."
A physical defensive end prospect who has the frame to eventually move inside if needed, Williams could provide immediate help at a position where the Tigers need someone to come in and play early in 2014. As a senior he made 66 tackles with an incredible 36 of those going for losses. He also added 10 sacks and helped his team to a semifinal berth in the playoffs after making the title game in 2012.
"Just about as a school, I felt like they could best develop me as a man," Williams said of why he chose Auburn. "Everything was just right for me there so why not.
"My freshman year, early on I'm going to try to make an impact," he added. "I just want to get into the rotation so the sooner the better."
The signing of Williams, who announced his decision on Wednesday afternoon at his school, gives the Tigers four defensive ends in the class and with the losses of Dee Ford and Craig Sanders due to graduation and Justin Delaine deciding to leave the program, that was a huge need position for Rodney Garner.
What Auburn is Getting
Williams is a powerful defensive lineman who is just starting to scratch the surface of his potential. With the frame to become a force for Garner down the road, he has a chance to play right away for the Tigers. A player with charisma and a winning personality, Williams should also be an added bonus in the locker room when it comes time for him to be a leader as a veteran.