Focused Williams Talks Loss, AU Commitment

Auburn commitment and four-star linebacker Darrell Williams discusses Hoover's loss in the season opener as well as

Hoover, Ala.--For Auburn commitment Darrell Williams and his Hoover Buc teammates, Saturday’s season opener against Miami-Central was far from what was expected. A dominant team in the State of Alabama, Hoover saw its 30-game winning streak come to an end as the Rockets dominated the line of scrimmage before a late field goal gave the visitors a 24-21 win.

With the chance to showcase the program on national television and make a statement, Hoover instead goes back to the drawing board as the Bucs prepare to make a run for their first-ever 7A title in Alabama. Williams said it all starts with hard work and not taking anything for granted.

To make sure he got his point across Williams stepped up in the locker room following Coach Josh Niblett’s postgame speech and had some choice words of his own. He said it was important for him to take on that leadership role and it was the time to be heard.

“All these weeks of preparation I have been telling them,” Williams said. “We can’t keep doing the same things that we did last year because we have to keep getting better. We have to move to another level. I just said we’ve got to wake up and get better. We need everybody to be on one mindset-one goal.

“The goal is to be the greatest to come through here,” he added. “This kind of held us back a little bit, but we’re not going to hang our heads, we’re not going to pout just because we lost. We’re going to use every practice and every workout to get better and come back and focus on each game and not the state championship. We still have to fix little things and we still want to be the best.”

Williams closes in on the Miami-Central ball carrier

While his focus on the field is squarely on helping his team achieve its goal of winning another state title, off the field things continue to get crazier for Williams. Saying that he’s still solidly committed to the Auburn Tigers, Williams added that it hasn’t kept several other schools from making a strong push at him in the last few weeks.

The biggest two of those are Alabama and Oklahoma with Florida State still in the picture as well.

Getting a ton of attention from Alabama and Coach Mario Cristobal since making his commitment to the Tigers, Williams said much of the contact comes through social media as the Crimson Tide tries to get back in the picture.

“They DM me on twitter almost every day,” Williams said. “They are after me a little bit harder, but that’s only because they are on the back side. They have to work a little harder.”

This decision is something that Williams said he doesn’t take lightly because it’s one of the biggest he’ll make in his young life. Because of that he said he owes it to himself to make sure Auburn is the right fit for him.

“I want to focus on it because it’s a big decision,” Williams said. “I kind of keep everything divided individually. It’s kind of hard. My coach could tell about a week ago that I was stressed out about recruiting. I just want to stop thinking about it because I know God has a plan for my future.”

Still on board with the Tigers and talking frequently coaches Rodney Garner and Ellis Johnson, Williams said he’ll visit Auburn this coming weekend to see the season opener against Arkansas. Planning an official visit to the Plains as well before signing day, he said he also wants to visit both Alabama and Oklahoma officially.

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