"Amazing" Visit Ends With Offer For Williams

2016 OL Jonah Williams discusses his visit to Auburn, what he saw from the Tigers, and more.

Folsom, Cal.--A player that grew up watching Auburn play and dreamed of one day playing for the Tigers, big offensive lineman Jonah Williams traveled to the Plains this weekend looking for the offer he’s been waiting for. While it didn’t come on Saturday, before he left for home on Sunday the news finally came.

"I'm very thankful to have received an offer from Auburn," Williams told Inside The Auburn Tigers

Growing up a fan of the Tigers with a mom that graduated from Auburn, Williams has watched plenty of games over the years on TV but other than a short trip to the Plains over the summer he hadn’t been back on campus in years. Seeing the facilities, campus and stadium made it something to remember he noted.

“It was amazing,” Williams said. “It was a really great opportunity. I was expecting to like the Auburn coaches, but it was really amazing to meet them. It was a good opportunity for me and my mom to come in and see what they are all about. It was really eye-opening. You see them on Saturdays, but to come in and see the inner workings of it was special.”

Something that really stood out to Williams was getting to sit down with Malzahn, offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee and O-Line Coach J.B. Grimes. Studying what the Tigers do on offense and what he could expect to be doing if he played in Auburn’s offense, the talented lineman said getting a feel for the direction of the program was important.

“I talked to Coach Malzahn and at first he just kind of talked a little about being a high school coach and he has a different philosophy,” Williams said. “I definitely believe in his philosophy, he’s doing the right things. I got to talk to Coach Grimes and Lashlee as well. I really believe they are building something big here. They know it and they are doing the right thing.”

Already with offers from much of the Pac 12 including Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon and Washington with schools such as Boise State, Duke and Northwestern already on the board, the former Atlanta native said he doesn’t have any preference on what part of the country he plays and definitely wouldn’t be opposed to coming back to the South.

“It’s hard to say because I grew up here and this feels like home, and then at the moment my family is out there so that feels like home,” Williams said of California. “I really don’t have any preference. I haven’t decided if I want to stay in a certain region or another. I’m just going to evaluate all my options.”

Now with the offer he's been waiting for, he said that the program is pushing in the right direction and he sees good things down the road.

“They’re on the right path,” Williams said. “They all have the right philosophy. Malzahn’s offense is always going to be effective and I think they have the personnel, the coaching staff. Really, with the addition of (Will) Muschamp, all the pieces are in place.”

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