“I just wanted to come out and play and ball out, to make plays and run around,” Williams said. “I just prayed and asked God to help me play this game well. He answered my prayers. To play against guys like this, it’s top notch. Everybody out here is the best of the best. It just feels good to perform at that level.
“I loved the week,” he added. “I’m just blessed. Everybody is really blessed to be here. To be able to come out and play at this level is great. You don’t do this every day at your high school. This is the last time you get to suit up as a high school player and it feels good to perform well.”
Williams showed the athleticism at linebacker that makes him one of the top commitments for the Tigers on the defensive side of the ball for new coordinator Will Muschamp. A coach known for bringing energy to his guys on defense, Muschamp has already made an impression on Williams.
“It’s really big for me,” Williams said. “It’s just a big deal being the defensive coordinator and all that. I think he’ll do good. I’m excited to see what he has for us.
“He came over to my house for an in-home visit,” Williams added. “He was just telling me everything and all his plans for Auburn and stuff like that. We had a pretty good time.”
There was one piece of information in particular that stuck out to Williams from Muschamp and that was his plans for the linebacker in his defensive scheme. Using a variation of a 4-3 that can also be a 3-4 at times, Muschamp wants Williams to be able to play all over the field, something that excites the Hoover standout.
“He says he wants me to know all four linebacker positions,” Williams said. “It helps me a lot because you can play earlier. The more you know the more you play.”
*Auburn offensive line commitment Bailey Sharp had a strong day at right tackle going up against 5-star Byron Cowart on the other side. Even though Cowart won the game’s MVP for his steady performance at end, Sharp more than held his own during the game.
Bailey Sharp works against Byron Cowart
*Commitment Jordan Colbert injured his shoulder during the game, aggravating a previous injury suffered during a playoff game this fall. He said it’s not serious and should be fine with rest.
*Kerryon Johnson didn’t get much action during Friday’s game, but showed up throughout the week. Talking with Scout.com's Ohio State staff at the game they were really impressed by Johnson’s athleticism throughout the week of practice.
*Richard McBryde was another player who had a solid week of practice and played well on Friday. He had a pass break-up and said the experience was a great one for him to show he belongs on the big stage. He definitely came out of his shell this week in Florida.