AU Offer Puts Tigers In Lead For Williams

Four-star 2016 running back Antonio Williams discusses his Auburn offer and why the Tigers are his leader.

New London, N.C.--One of the top running back prospects in the country for the 2016 recruiting class, New Stanly High standout Antonio Williams got good news he has been waiting for when the Auburn Tigers extended an offer to the four-star talent on Tuesday.

“It means a lot,” Williams tells Inside The Auburn Tigers of the scholarship offer. “The thing that meant the most to me is that they actually make you work for the offer. They actually make you wait on it. They don’t just hand them out.

"That’s what opened my eyes the most and made me realize that if I want to go somewhere I want to go somewhere where things aren’t going to be given to me. Just getting that offer after showing me I needed to work for it, that meant a lot to me.”

Naming Auburn his leader following his first look at the campus, facilities and program in July, Williams said at the time he was impressed with the Tigers because of their wait and see approach to recruiting. Now that he has done enough to earn the offer he said it moves the Tigers back in front as he heads down the stretch run of his junior season.

“That definitely moves them to the top of my list,” Williams said. “I’m going to take my time in the process still, no matter what. I just feel at home at Auburn, honestly. There’s not many places that I felt that way.

“I think I fit into their offense great,” he added. “Me and Coach Horton sat down and went over the offense and he went into detail. Me and my coach actually came back and put in some plays from Auburn into our offense. I’m actually getting used to running that offense and it makes me more comfortable with the situation at Auburn.”

Using some of Auburn’s running schemes this season has allowed Williams’ game to blossom even more. Already one of the top backs in North Carolina, the 5-11, 210-pounder has exploded so far in his first six games with 1,703 yards on the ground and 21 touchdowns. While his individual numbers are great, he said the thing he is most proud of is the play of his team on the field.

“I’m having fun, but the main thing is that we’re winning right now,” Williams pointed out. “That’s something I take pride in because when I came to high school it was known as being the homecoming team, the team everybody demolished. Since last year we’ve become that powerhouse. We’re at the top of our conference right now. We’re 5-1 and on a roll. I think we can take this thing all the way to the state championship.”

With Wisconsin, Florida, Duke, and Georgia on his list in addition to Auburn, Williams also received an offer from Notre Dame on Tuesday to make it a huge day for the four-star back. While he has already narrowed his list down to a workable group early in his junior year, Williams said he has no plans to make a choice anytime soon.

“I’m trying to wait until I can take a couple of official visits and maybe I will do it after that,” he said. “It may come before that, I’m just not sure yet. No matter what it won’t come until next year.”

Williams said he hopes to make an unofficial visit to Auburn this fall to watch the Tigers take on Texas A&M.

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