2016 West Coast Prospect Has Southern Ties

Big 2016 lineman Jonah Williams from Folsom, Cal. has ties to Auburn and Georgia and visited both SEC schools.

Already a three-star offensive tackle prospect for the 2016 recruiting class, Folsom, Calif., standout Jonah Williams was already very familiar with both Auburn and Georgia before checking out both over the course of the last four days.

Growing up in Atlanta and with parents from each SEC powerhouse, Williams said it was a great opportunity to get a feel for both campuses while on his visit back to the South.

"It's my first time at Auburn looking at things from a football prospect standpoint," the 6-5, 260 Williams said. "I always grew up watching their games because my mom went there. We were kind of a house divided because my dad went to Georgia.

"On this trip I visited Georgia as well," he added. "I went there on Friday. We spent the night and looked at classroom buildings as well as the football facilities. Since it's a dead period we can't talk to the coaches, but I'm hoping to be in more contact with them this next season."

Watching the Tigers play last season on their way to the SEC Championship and coming just seconds from winning the national championship, Williams said there is plenty to like about the job that Gus Malzahn and his staff have done with the program already. That is just one of the reasons why he is very interested in Auburn moving forward.

While he wasn't able to meet with any coaches because of the NCAA two-week dead period currently in effect, the big lineman said hopefully that will change sometime down the road.

"They had a magical season," Williams said of Auburn. "They had a new head coach, a new offensive coordinator and a new defensive coordinator. Their scheme is very similar to the one we run at my high school. We run a hurry-up/no-huddle offense and kind of a 4-2/4-3 type of defense. I could definitely see myself transitioning there. The coaches seem to have great character. I read up on them a lot and would really love to meet them."

Already with offers from California and Washington State and hearing from several more schools, Williams said it's just the start of what he hopes is even more interest as he heads into his junior season.

"It's a great feeling," he said. "I think a lot of it is because of my coaches, Coach Richardson and Coach Taylor up at Folsom. They have some great connections in the Pac 12. I had a great time visiting Cal for their spring game. I have enjoyed it so far and it's great to finally feel like I'm getting some attention for my hard work."

Growing up in Atlanta and attending Marist School before making the move across the country, Williams said even though he is in California there is definitely still an SEC flavor for him and something he would love to be a part of in the future.

"I have some friends at Auburn, some friends at Georgia, and even some at Boston College," he said. "I grew up an SEC kid. When I moved out to California I have enjoyed the Pac 12. I have also been looking at some Big 10 and Big 12 schools and have talked to some of them. It's great to come down though and see the SEC schools from the perspective of actually having the chance to play there as opposed to just being a fan growing up as a kid."

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