Impressive O-Lineman Looking At Auburn

Bessemer City offensive lineman Darryl Williams earned an invitation to The Opening with his impressive performance on Sunday. He talks about his recruiting and specifically his interest in Auburn.

Birmingham, Ala.--Already a player with early offers from Mississippi State, Cincinnati, UAB, Southern Miss, Kentucky, Memphis and South Alabama, 6-3, 304 Darryl Williams from Bessemer City came to Sunday's Nike Camp at Spain Park High School determined to show that he belonged with the best of the best.

It only took one opportunity for him to prove just that.

Earning a spot in the top offensive line group following an impressive day, Williams found himself locked up one-on-one with five-star defensive tackle Daron Payne when the groups went best against the best. Playing center, Williams locked up Payne the first two reps before Payne won the third and final attempt. By then it was obvious Williams belonged.

Winning battles throughout the day, Williams got a coveted invitation for The Opening in Oregon and will now have the chance to prove once again he belongs among the nation's best football prospects.

Until that time he'll have a chance to focus on his recruiting and take several visits. Two of those are coming up in the next few weeks when he plans to see both in-state schools, Auburn and Alabama. Being recruited by offensive line Coach J.B. Grimes for the Tigers, Williams said he's excited about getting a chance to visit the Plains in a few days.

"I'm hearing a lot from Auburn right now," Williams said. "I will be taking a visit to Auburn probably next week. I have spoken to Alabama's offensive line coach. He told me he wants to see me in two weeks, but I'll be visiting Auburn next week."

Darryl Williams

Paying close attention to the Tigers and cousin LaDarius Owens, Williams said it's hard not to be impressed by what Coach Gus Malzahn and his staff have done in just one season running the show.

"Auburn is fantastic," Williams said. "Seeing how they moved from being 3-9 to winning SEC games, it's amazing. Coach Grimes is a wonderful offensive line coach. I love him. He told me that he's going to come see me in the spring game versus Prattville. Hopefully, I'll be getting an offer from them."

Saying he enjoys watching the offense work and especially the play of the offensive line, Williams is a player that could play any of the interio i line positions, but worked mostly at center on Sunday. That's where he said the Tigers like him as well and with Reese Dismukes heading into his final season that could mean a shot to play early, something he likes.

"Coach Grimes said he wants me as a center," Williams said. "That's what I play now. It's a tremendous opportunity at that position because I know I could come in and try my hardest and compete for the starting job."

With his recruiting likely to take off following his impressive showing on Sunday and when more teams get a chance to see him in the spring, Williams said right now he's just taking things slowly. That's something that could change if Auburn were to come through with an offer he said.

"I don't have a group of favorites right now, but I look forward to Auburn throwing an offer down on the table," Williams said. "That would be a tremendous accomplishment for me knowing my cousin plays for Auburn as well. It's great knowing that Auburn is still recruiting great people from Bessemer."


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