Gadsden, Ala.--Four-star running back Alaric Williams is done with the recruiting process and planning to sign with the Auburn Tigers on Feb. 1 following his official visit to the Plains over the weekend.
With several schools still pursuing him hard as national signing day approaches, Williams said he’s done and excited about his future with the Tigers.
“I’m done. 100 percent sure,” Williams said. “I’m actually really excited. I’m just ready to get there and finish up with school and get all that out of the way. Just get there and get after it.”
One of the biggest reasons for Williams’ excitement is because of Coach Tim Horton. Auburn’s running back coach and the guy that has been part of his recruiting his entire high school career, Horton is the bond that holds it together for Williams along with his relationship with the players on the team.
“Coach Horton, how could you not want to play for him,” he asked. “Honestly, the coaches and the relationships I’ve built with them in the past four or five years. I have been getting recruited by them since my eighth grade year. Just the relationship I have with them and the players, I have built relationships with Malik (Miller) and Kerryon (Johnson) and some of the others on the team.
“Me and Coach Horton never talk about football. It’s always about life,” Williams added. “Coach Horton is a really, really, really, really, really nice guy. I love him to death and he’s not even my coach yet. We’ve got a good relationship.”
His bond with his future teammates is strong with fellow commitments Carlito Gonzalez and Calvin Ashley guys along with him that have been committed for almost two full years. That has given them time to get to know each other, something that made his official visit even more fun.
“They are like my brothers already,” he said. “That’s who my group was, I guess you could say I hung out with Carlito, Calvin and Jordyn (Peters). We’re all close and it just felt like we’ve all hung out before. It’s really cool.”
Recently making an 18 on the ACT and on track to qualify, Williams said his focus is now on finishing strong and getting ready to get to Auburn and compete for playing time.
He’ll do so in an offense led by a new coach, offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey. Taking over for Rhett Lashlee, Lindsey is someone that Williams said he got to know well on his visit and he’s looking forward to seeing what the Auburn offense looks like moving forward.
““I was actually really happy,” he said when he learned of Lindsey’s hiring. “My guardian already knew him and they had contacted each other back then. I was really happy about that. I knew they would find somebody good whether it was him or not.
““He was just telling me what he liked to do with the running backs. He didn’t really say much. He was just telling me how I would fit in the scheme and how the other running backs would fit in the scheme. I ate dinner with him two nights in a row and he’s a nice guy.”