Big, Fast Lineman To Visit AU

One of the top defensive line prospects in the country will visit Auburn this weekend when the Tigers entertain rival Alabama in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Ruston, La.--Sometimes described as a freak of nature by opposing coaches and players alike, 6-3, 290-pound Kyle Williams from Ruston High School is by all definitions the prototype defensive tackle for the 21st century.

With a career-best 40-yard dash time of 4.76 seconds and consistent 4.8s, it's no wonder that Williams is receiving attention from some of the top programs in the nation this fall. Included in that group are the Auburn Tigers, who will be receiving a visit from Williams over the weekend as he makes an official trip to see the team and program in action.

"I don't really have any favorites right now, but I have visited LSU (Florida weekend), Nebraska (Texas Tech weekend), Tennessee (LSU weekend) and I'm visiting Auburn this weekend. My official visit to Auburn is this weekend. I like Coach (Phillip) Lolley. He's recruiting me for Auburn. I like him a lot. Auburn is traditionally a very good school. I want a school that has a lot of tradition. They play in the best conference in America. That definitely doesn't hurt them and they are doing real well right now."

Playing defensive tackle full-time and tight end in crucial situations, the hulking Williams has led his team to a 7-3 record this season and into the second round of the Louisiana High School playoffs where they will face perennial powerhouse Archbishop Shaw High School of New Orleans this Friday night. With 100-plus tackles and 11 sacks on the season, Williams notes that he prefers the defensive side of the ball to offense for obvious reasons.

"It's better to be the hunter than the hunted I think," he quips. "I just like defense more. I don't know whether it's my mentality or what, but I just like the defensive side of the ball more."

A three-year starter at defensive tackle for Ruston, Williams notes that there are certain areas of his game that he's comfortable with at this time but there is also room for plenty of improvement if he hopes to accomplish his goals on the college level.

"I think I run to the football pretty well," Williams says. "I'm a pretty big guy but I don't quit on the play as far as coaches tell me. In the past few years we haven't faced many passing teams, but we changed districts this year and five out of the six teams we faced this year run the shotgun so my pass rush might be a little bit rusty but I think I do pretty good with it."

Tiger Ticket Extra: A player who relishes in discipline, hard work and a team atmosphere, Williams says that the school he ultimately chooses will have to have several things before they make the cut. First and foremost, he says they will have to feel right both athletically and academically and that will create the family atmosphere he's been looking for. "I just think I'm looking for somewhere I'm real comfortable at, I'm going to feel at home at because that's probably going to be my home for the next four to five years...somewhere I'm going to feel at home at and fit in pretty well."


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