AU Commitment Analysis: Alaric Williams

Talented class of 2017 running back Alaric Williams made his commitment on Saturday to the Auburn Tigers.

Alaric Williams
Size: 6-2, 200
Ranking On Scout: 4-star| No. 7 Ath.| South No. 4 Ath.| Alabama No. 1 Ath.
Recruiting: Picked Auburn over Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and others

Scout’s Take: Chad Simmons

"Alaric is an athlete who could play a number of positions on the next level. He is natural with the ball in his hands, but he could good at defensive back, too.

"He has good change of direction with a sudden burst. His ball skills make him an asset in the passing game on offense or he could be a turnover machine on defense.

"It's hard to predict just where Williams will end up playing--he is that good, he is that versatile. He is a true Scout 100 prospect."

Scout’s Take: John Garcia:

“The first time I saw Alaric Williams play was during the 2013 season when I was there to scout current Auburn Tiger Tyler Carr. It didn't take many warm-up reps before the game for me to ask around about this No. 34. Was this kid a transfer? How many offers does he have?

“The answer was no and zero, respectively, because the two-way talent was just a freshman. He ran the ball, lined up at wide receiver, returned punts and kicks and was the best defensive back on the field that night and it was clear there was another elite at Southside-Gadsden.

“Just a year later, he's taken the next step as an overall athlete with so much to like with the football in his hands. As a big and tall running back, he has a good stride and can get to top speed very quickly after making a decision.

"Williams is also a sudden runner, not wasting much lateral movement in his attempts to get north and south, complete with good vision and enough power to make many miss in the open field. When he does need to utilize short-space agility, he's showcased many moves to get the job done.

"The Panthers line him up on the edge, too, trusting him in jump-ball scenarios. Seeing him shine with the ball and dominate as a cornerback, mirroring a 6-foot-4 No. 1 option on that fall night with ease, made me think of another Auburn Tiger-- Kerryon Johnson.

“Williams, who checks in north of 6-foot and 200 pounds, could become a play-maker at multiple positions at the next level. Much like Johnson, a future on Sundays could sway him to play defense, though his seemingly easy production with the rock in his possession--with size, speed, vision, agility and enough power -- make running back a position that may be too hard for any program to pass up.”


Williams is a talented player who should continue to excel at Southside-Gadsden for the next two seasons. Used mostly as a running back, he has the ability to make plays in space but is also physical enough to run through tackles at the line of scrimmage. Because of his size he could easily move outside as a receiver if needed to take advantage of his good hands.

What It Means:

Williams becomes the second commitment of 2017 for the Auburn Tigers, joining five-star offensive tackle and top prospect Calvin Ashley. Both could be building blocks with the Tigers off to a monster start towards next year’s class. It still remains to be seen how Auburn finishes the 2016 class, but there’s no question Gus Malzahn and his staff have to be very pleased with adding Williams to next year’s group.

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