4-Star Alaric Williams Chooses Auburn

2017 four-star Alaric Williams made a decision on Saturday when he committed to the Auburn Tigers.

Gadsden, Ala.--A top athlete in the 2017 class and one of the best players in the state, four-star prospect Alaric Williams from Southside High put an early end to his recruiting on Saturday morning when he committed to the Auburn Tigers following a meeting with Coach Gus Malzahn. On campus for a recruit picnic, Williams committed to the Tigers over Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and several others.

Making the trip along with 12 family members and friends, Williams made his commitment to Gus Malzahn in his office. That was something Williams said he had been planning to do since he made his decision a few weeks back.

"Everything just went well," Williams said. "Everybody was just happy and happy for me. Actually I started getting some chills and stuff. I have actually considered Auburn as being my school for a long time but I just wasn't 100 percent sure. I just kept on falling back a little bit and then a few weeks ago I thought about it and me and my family came together and decided it was the best place for me."

Already very familiar with Auburn after making close to a dozen trips to see the Tigers in the last few years, Williams said it was just the feeling he got with the program and coaches that made the difference for him.

"It's just family," Williams said. "They are family. The coaches are always keeping it real with me. Gus told me that even if I was to get hurt or something I would still have a scholarship and you just can't beat that. I think that's just real cool how they show their love, not a lot of schools do that."

A 6-0, 200 pounder with good speed and exceptional athleticism, Williams is capable of playing several different positions in Auburn’s offense including running back and possibly even wide receiver. That and his comfort level with the Tigers played a big part in his decision as did his bond with Coach Tim Horton.

"He's just a good guy," Williams said. "He doesn't always talk football, we talk life. He's a good, humble Christian man and that's what I like about Coach Horton. I feel like me and him could have a good relationship when I get there. Just everything about him is real cool, I love Coach Horton. It's Coach (Rhett) Lashlee and Coach (Bobby) Bentley too, they are the same guys. It's just the whole offensive side they are all good guys."

Alaric Williams

Something else that played a big role in Williams’ commitment was his relationship with a pair of current Tigers. Teammates with freshman offensive lineman Tyler Carr, Williams is also very close with sophomore running back Roc Thomas because of the relationship with his coach who was at Oxford.

"That means a lot to me," Williams said. "I have asked Carr a lot of questions about Auburn. He's answered them all and they were all what I expected. I have asked Roc questions too and they were all what I expected. They all say the same thing I'm telling you right now."

Adding that he plans to take some visits to check out schools out of the region, Williams said he's solidly committed to Auburn and is just happy to get the decision out of the way.

"I'm so excited," Williams said. "It just feels good to get the pressure off your shoulders. It's over but the season is coming up so I just have to work hard."

Williams becomes the second commitment in the 2017 recruiting class joining five-star offensive tackle Calvin Ashley.

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