Cottondale, Ala.--One of the top wide receiver prospects in Alabama for 2018, 6-3, 213 Seth Williams from Paul Bryant High near Tuscaloosa, was on hand for Junior Day on the Plains Saturday and left with the Auburn Tigers very high on his list.
Spending plenty of time with WR Coach Kodi Burns and getting to know new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey, Williams said there’s plenty to like about Auburn beginning with the atmosphere surrounding the program.
“It’s just like a family down here,” Williams said. “It’s got to feel like home for me and they’ve got a good educational program down there too.”
One of the keys for Williams when he thinks about Auburn is his relationship with WR Coach Kodi Burns. Keeping in contact with the wide receiver throughout much of the last year, Williams said that’s a big deal in his mind.
“We talk all the time,” Williams said. “He’s always texting me. That means a lot. It means they’re actually recruiting me hard and they’re trying to get me to come to the school hard.
“He wants to make me into a big-time NFL player with my size and ability,” he added of Burns. “He said he’s going to work on my releases and my route-running.”
That’s something that may be more possible with the addition of Lindsey as well as new quarterback Jarrett Stidham. Coming into Auburn as one of the top passers in the country, Stidham’s presence is something that definitely speaks volumes to Williams.
“It means they’re going to throw the ball and I’m going to get down the field and make some catches,” he said of bringing in Stidham. “Hopefully they’ve got a good run game with that so we can get down the field and make some plays.”
Throwing the football successfully isn’t anything new for Auburn’s offense under Malzahn, but recently the explosive plays have been few and far between for the Tigers. Williams said that’s something he’s expecting to change in the coming years.
“They’ve always had a good passing game,” he said of the Tigers. “They just needed the right quarterback to fit their offense. They always have a good running game. They’ve got the right quarterback coming in to make an impact on the offense.”
Saying he’s being recruited the hardest by Alabama, Florida State, Auburn and probably Florida, Williams said after nearly committing two weeks ago he’s going to take his time with a decision until he finds the right school for his future home.
“I’m going to let the right school be the fit for me,” Williams said. “When I know it, I’m going to know it. The right school that is the right fit for me, I’m going to that school.”