Gadsden, Ala.--Already committed to the Auburn Tigers for the 2017 class, talented four-star athlete Alaric Williams was recently back on the Plains to spend the day with the coaching staff and also take in a basketball game at Auburn Arena. Taking the time to talk with Gus Malzahn and Tim Horton about their plans for him in the future and also getting a feel for many of the other 2017 prospects on campus, Williams said he had a fun time and also got a feel for what the Tigers are thinking with the running back position moving forward.
Me and Coach Horton talked about that," Williams said. "It's really important that they get me down here and I learn the plays and get in school and all that good stuff. I got to hurry up and get down here so I can get a chance to play."
That may happen sooner than expected for Williams. Calling Auburn "my home" and saying he's firmly committed to the Tigers, Williams said there's a chance he could graduate early from Southside High and get to Auburn in January of 2017. If that happens it would definitely give him a leg up on playing as a true freshman, something he said is a goal for him.
"I'm thinking about it, I really am," Williams said. "I'll probably take two classes this summer and then finish out the rest of it."
While Auburn is in very good shape for Williams it hasn't stopped schools from across the country from recruiting him heavily already. With a visit to Notre Dame already under his belt and possible trips to Georgia and Alabama coming up this spring, Williams will get a chance to see what other top programs are like. Even though that could be worrisome for the Tigers, Williams said having two very good friends on Auburn's team at the moment is something that is firmly in the Tigers' favor at the moment.
"It's real important," Williams said. "You don't want to go somewhere that you don't know anything about. Roc (Thomas) is a good mentor. He's a good person to look up to. So is Tyler Carr."
Despite playing behind a depleted offensive line as a junior Williams still managed to rush for 1,175 yards with 11 touchdowns for the Panthers.