2016 DL Makes It Official

2016 lineman Quinnen Williams committed to Auburn in January, but made things official with a trip to the Plains on Saturday.

Birmingham, Ala.--While recruiting races towards signing day, it didn’t stop the Auburn Tigers from adding to the 2016 recruiting class on Saturday when 6-4, 270 Quinnen Williams confirmed his commitment to the Tigers after receiving an offer recently.

"I got the offer some weeks ago," Williams tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I have been to Auburn a lot and it feels like home. My family loves it and everybody around me supported my decision and they love it. They've got great coaches with great personalities, humble people. I feel like I can grow with them because they can give me great information.

Getting a visit to his school from new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, defensive line coach Rodney Garner, and new linebackers coach Lance Thompson several weeks back, Williams decided to end his recruiting very early by choosing the school he grew up following. He did that by telling Coach Gus Malzahn while on a visit to Auburn on Saturday.

"He really didn't say anything other than he's glad to hear me say I was committed to them," Williams said. "I'm really excited about Auburn and Auburn is really excited about me.

"It was just great," he added. "Coach Malzahn is a humble, utmost, respectful and Godly man. I really liked talking to him today. He was really excited about it and I was really excited about it. He welcomed me to the Auburn family. I'm just really happy to be part of the Auburn family."

The visit was a big one for a kid that grew up wanting to wear the orange and blue. Getting to see the campus and facilities as well as talk to the coaches, he said it was a great day.

"It was real important for me," he said of the visit. "I have been an Auburn fan since I was a little kid. As a player it just overwhelmed me that I was looking at the people I look up to. I see them on TV everyday almost. It an honor just to shake their hand almost."

A player capable of playing inside or outside on the next level because of his combination of size and quickness, Williams said for him it's just a dream come true to be able to commit to Auburn and continue his playing career on the Plains in 2016. Formerly a basketball player, he said now his focus is on football and he gets ready to play on the next level following his senior season.

"It has been a dream to play at Auburn," Williams said. "I'm just going to work hard every day to just get to Auburn and be successful in life. I have really just gotten my body ready to be stronger, quicker and faster, just getting in the weight room to get my body ready for the SEC.

"We haven't really gotten into positions yet," he added. "I really hope to be a defensive tackle, but I don't really care where they put me on the defensive line. I just want to play."


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