Physical O-Lineman Ready For His Shot

Physical offensive lineman Darryl Williams discusses his roll on the recruiting trail and getting ready for spring practice.

Bessemer, Ala.--Already with offers from colleges such as Cincinnati, Kentucky, Mississippi State, South Alabama, Southern Miss and UAB, three-star offensive lineman Darryl Williams has seen his recruiting take off since performing well at a recent Nike Camp at Spain Park High.

"Things are picking up pretty well," Williams tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I have picked up offers from Louisville and Florida State this past week. Everything is going good. I'm talking to Cincinnati as well and they will be down here on Friday."

A 6-3, 305-pounder with the ability to play any of the three interior line positions, Williams could be best suited to play center. Working at that position in the camp, he controlled five-star defensive tackle Daron Payne during their one-on-one confrontations and showed the ability to be an SEC-level player.

That kind of performance has put other teams hot on the trail of Williams, including both Auburn and Alabama. Getting to know both staffs, he said that next week he will have a chance to show both teams what he can do when Bessemer City takes the practice field for the first time.

"Coach (J.B.) Grimes is actually going to be down here May 5th to watch me practice," Williams said. "Him and Coach (Mario) Cristobal from Alabama will be here on the same day. I'll get to see them on Monday."

Darryl Williams

Already very familiar with Grimes, Williams said he's excited about getting the chance to show the Auburn coach what he can do at the center position. With the Tigers possibly close to offering, Williams said he hopes he can show Grimes enough on Monday for him to pull the trigger.

"Coach Grimes is an excellent coach," Williams said. "Everybody said that Auburn had a weak offensive line last year and for them to improve and get to the championship by knocking people off the ball, I really liked that. He's a great coach. He really likes me. If he does offer me, he's going to offer me as a center. I really look forward to it."

Currently with 10 offers Williams is continuing to gain steam on the recruiting trail as he heads into his spring practice at Bessemer City. While he has some big schools already on board he said he's going to wait out his options before making a decision.

"It's still early for me right now," Williams said. "I don't really have a group of favorites. I'm going to sit down with my mom after we get done with school. We'll sit down in the summer and discuss which schools we want to visit this summer."

Next week could turn into a busy one for Williams on the recruiting front, but it will be tough to match this week after storms ripped through the Bessemer area causing damage to several communities. With school cancelled until next week, Williams said it has given him time to reflect on everything that has gone his way and has made him realize his opportunity.

"It has been a crazy week," Williams said. "Everything is shut down with power lines everywhere. We're out of school until Monday. Seeing it all makes me realize that you can't take anything for granted. Your life is so precious it could be taken at any moment."


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