Auburn The "Right Fit" For 4-Star Williams

Four-star linebacker Darrell Williams discusses his commitment to Auburn and where he sees his fit in the Tigers' defense in this report that includes game video highlights of the Hoover star.

Hoover, Ala.--One of the top linebacker prospects in the country, four-star recruit Darrell Williams, has had the Auburn Tigers at the top of list for much of the spring. On Wednesday the 6-3, 235-pounder put an end to his recruiting when he chose Coach Gus Malzahn's program over Alabama, Oklahoma, Mississippi State, Florida State and dozens of other schools.

Naming Auburn his leader following a visit to the AU campus on April 5, Williams said he just knew the Tigers were the right fit for him and because of that it was time to pull the trigger.

"I kind of had the feeling Auburn was for me ever since I made Auburn my number one team," Williams tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "That might have started changing, but I think God started showing me some signs that Auburn was the place for me just by little things that were happening in my life. The last couple of weeks I have just been thinking that Auburn was the right place.

"I just had a lot of support from my family, my friends and my coaches," he added. "I knew that it was the right fit for me so I just made it official."

Darrell Williams

An athletic linebacker who should fit in well in Ellis Johnson's 4-2-5 scheme because of his ability to play in the box but also cover in space, Johnson said one of the biggest reasons why Auburn felt like the place for him was because of his relationship with Malzahn, Johnson and the rest of the coaching staff.

"All of my visits I have been building good relationships with Coach Malzahn, Coach Johnson, Coach (Rodney) Garner and all of them," Williams said. "We have built a pretty good relationship so far and I think it will only get better now."

Darrell Williams shown in spring practice last week at Hoover High School.

A veteran coach and a player who has molded top linebackers for decades, Johnson in particular is someone who Williams spent a lot of time with on his visits to the Plains and the prospect noted he can't wait to play for him down the road with the Tigers. Playing both inside and outside for the Bucs for the last two seasons, he pointed out that's an opportunity at Auburn as well.

"I think he's a great coach," Williams said. "He kind of wants me to fit kind of how I play right now. He said I could play wherever they need me."

Williams continues a strong recruiting run for the Tigers as his commitment makes the eight prospects coming on board in the last month for Malzahn and company. Joining a group that includes fellow four-star Alabama prospect Kerryon Johnson, Williams said it didn't impact his decision, but it's definitely a great sign for the future of the program.

"I wasn't really a big impact on me," Williams said. "To know you've got other people like that committing does add up."

With his recruiting done Williams can now focus on helping the Bucs win their third consecutive state championship this season. Last fall he was one of the biggest reasons why Hoover took down Auburn High in the championship game, registering 11 tackles and two tackles for losses in the win.

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