"Auburn and LSU are my favorites," says running back Darnell Williams, a 5-11, 175-pounder from Many High School, who says that his best 40-yard dash clocking was a 4.36 at one of LSU's summer football camps.
He led his team to an 11-2 season with more than 2,000 yards of total offense, including 1,700-plus rushing yards. A four-year starter, who rushed for 1,200-plus yards as a junior, he is expected to repeat as an All-State pick again.
"I really like the coaching staff at Auburn," says Williams, who ran out of a Wing-T style offense in high school. "People say that I run like Marshall Faulk and he is the guy whose style I really like. I like LSU, too. Their fans get so excited at their games and that really pumps me up."
Williams says that he plans to visit both Baton Rouge and Auburn on official visits before making a choice.
Tiger Ticket Extra: The tailback also played some defense, too, and one of his favorite plays of the season came on that side of the football. "We were playing Winnfield, which is our big rival," Williams says. "I scored a touchdown right at the end of the game and we went into overtime. Then, I intercepted a pass to end the game." He says both Auburn and LSU are recruiting him for offense...Williams just was named District Most Valuable Player, an award he also won as a junior. He is currently playing as a starter at point guard on the basketball team, something he also did last season. Williams is trying to work his official visits around his basketball schedule. "Right now, I am planning on taking my visit to Auburn on January 19th and I will probably go to LSU before then," he says. "I have to get with the LSU coaches and set a date."