Sizing Up AU Commitment Darrell Williams

We take a look at what the Auburn Tigers are getting in four-star linebacker Darrell Williams from Hoover.

Darrell Williams
*Size: 6-3, 225
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*Ranking On Scout4-star| #25 OLB | #6 in Alabama | #292 Overall
*Recruiting: Named Auburn his leader on April 6 and committed almost one month later over Alabama, Florida State, Mississippi State, Oklahoma and others.

Scouting Report: A talented linebacker capable of playing in space or in the box, Williams does a variety of things for the Hoover defense and does them well. With today's offensive schemes more versatile than ever, it takes a versatile defender to be able to match up and that's what Williams will give the Auburn defense. A solid man-defender outside, he can play in coverage and that will give Coach Ellis Johnson the ability to keep his base defense on the field more often even in passing situations.

Playing in a program that demands hard work and dedication, Williams should be a player ready to step in and challenge for immediate playing time next fall for the Tigers. Already at 225 pounds, he has the frame to structure to easily play at 235 early in his Auburn career while still maintaining the athleticism that makes him a terror for the Bucs on defense.

Scout's Take--John Garcia Jr.

"Williams has always been one of the easiest prospects to like in the state with how well he does multiple things - like run, cover, come off the edge and finish plays - but he took it to another level late in 2013. Each playoff game was a springboard to the next in what became a mean streak, and he capped it in the state title game against Auburn (Ala.) High, where he was the most active and dominant player on the field despite a pair of five-stars playing in between the same lines on that night.

Since then, he's added nearly 20 pounds to his frame, making Scout do a double-take when looking at him this spring, wondering if it affected his standing as the top cover linebacker and/or pass-rushing defender in the state. After checking him out in practice just last week, we found out that it has not, as he still ran like a safety and made plays at all three levels of the defense with his versatile role within Hoover's defensive scheme.

Williams is simply a standout no matter how you look at him, whether its locking in on a pass-catcher, stuffing the run, or rushing the passer - and his leadership within Alabama's most storied high school program only makes him that much more attractive for colleges."

Hoover Coach Josh Niblett

"I think the biggest thing for Darrell is that he has always wanted to be a Buc. He has always wanted to leave a legacy behind. He has always wanted to compete and finish first. I think in all that, the thing that gives Darrell the opportunity to be really good at what he does is that when he got his opportunity he has made the most of it.

"Darrell is a long, athletic player that understands the game. He can run and has a great arm-span. He understands leverage and understands run fits and understands pass-drops. He understands how to bring pressure off the edge whether it's rushing the passer or against the run. Those are things that give him the opportunity to be a little different than what everybody else brings to the table."


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