Auburn Moves To The Top For Williams

Auburn is moving up the list for 4-star linebacker Darrell Williams following his most recent visit to the Plains.

Hoover, Ala.--One of the top linebacker prospects in the nation for the 2015 recruiting class, 6-2 1/2, 224 Darrell Williams was on the Auburn campus Saturday to check out the Tigers in a spring scrimmage and also to spend time with the coaching staff. Getting a feel for how he would be used in Auburn's defense, Williams said the Tigers are at the top of his list following his trip to the Plains.

"Today felt real good, real special," Williams said. "I have always said when I go down there that the people are real nice and have good personalities, but today was another level. I got to see a lot more stuff. I actually got to get to the basics. Today's trip was probably the best I've had coming down there.

"There are a couple of schools hanging around each other, but after today Auburn kind of took a step in front of everybody," he added. "It's kind of strong to say number one, but I guess you could say that because they took another step away from everybody. They are just one above everybody else after today."

Darrell Williams

Needing help at the linebacker position moving forward, Auburn is looking for players with the versatility to play both spots in Ellis Johnson‘s defense. With more size and excellent athleticism, Williams could be ideal in the 4-2-5 because of his ability to make plays in space. He said that‘s something the coaches told him on Saturday and it made him feel good about the Tigers.

"Coach Malzahn and Coach Johnson kept telling me to watch everything and see where I would put myself," Williams said. "They kind of set me apart from everybody else because they are saying they need that position. They brought me over and let me stand on the field with them and see where I would be playing. They kind of showed me a lot of love today, they need me and not just want me there. That was kind of good.

"Every recruit wants to play early," he added. "That's something I would look into even if Auburn didn't have that many spaces open. Seeing that definitely helps your decision because you want to play and get out there. That really impacts my decision."

With a top group of Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Mississippi State, and Oklahoma with a recent offer from Ole Miss putting the Rebels in the picture as well, Williams said he wants to begin narrowing down his list later in the summer and make a decision soon after.

"Going into the season things will probably be real narrow, like a top-three or top-two," Williams said. "Making a decision may even come closer than that, but that's pretty much how it will go."

Williams said he plans to visit Mississippi State and Alabama and may also return for Auburn's spring game on April 19.

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