Shun Williams, who could play linebacker, defensive end or tight end on the next level, says that Auburn is his leader right now and could be the team to beat if things go right this weekend.
"I'm going down there this weekend," Williams says. "I definitely like the program they have going on over there. I like their defense and the way they drop defensive ends back into coverage and blitzing them off the edge. I feel like that's something I can do. I can also play linebacker and rush off the corner.
"I like the offensive things they do with the tight end," he adds. "They are basically blocking and moving the tight end a lot. That's what I did in high school and something I would like to do. I've always followed Auburn and kind of wanted the chance to play over there. I hope I'll have that opportunity to do that now."
A 6-3, 220-pounder, he ran a 4.63 40-yard dash time at the Nike Camp in Auburn. However, he says that he has a personal-best time of 4.47. Williams says he is hearing from Kentucky, UAB and Georgia Southern the most right now in addition to the Tigers. He notes that while Auburn hasn't offered him yet, this weekend could be what he's looking for if a visit this week is any indication.
Despite not playing football until his 10th grade season, Williams has been a starter the past two seasons for Buford High at both defensive end and tight end. Playing in the secondary as a sophomore he says that he made the move to end late in the season and worked his way into the rotation as a speed rusher. Since then he's been on the field and making plays.
As a senior Williams had 80 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles, seven sacks, 31 quarterback pressures and one interception. On offense he added one catch for 10 yards and a touchdown this season while being used mostly as a blocker.
In addition to his duties on the football field, Williams also played basketball until his senior season as well as ran track. Competing in the 100, 4x100 and shot put for the track team he ran a time of 10.9 in the 100 meters for his fastest recorded run his junior season. In the weight room he bench presses 310 pounds, squats 405 pounds and has a vertical leap of just over 34 inches.
Having already visited Kentucky and UAB, Williams says that following his visit to Auburn this weekend he'll be ready to make a decision and won't wait until Wednesday to make it public.
"Hopefully, I'll make my decision Sunday night when I get home," Williams says. "When I have time to think about everything it should be over with on Sunday."