This fall, defensive back Brandon Williams announced that he would sign with the Tigers on Feb. 6th. The 6-1, 195-pound defensive back is one of the fastest players the Tigers are recruiting this year.
His teammate, Troy Bergeron, is no slouch either in the speed department. He has been clocked at under 4.5 in the 40-yard dash and has a visit scheduled to Auburn on Jan. 25th. He took his first official visit to James Madison in December, but has ambitions of playing for a more prominent school.
The captain and a three-year starter on a deep and talented team that won the state championship his junior year, Bergeron is a standout wide receiver and cornerback. He is 6-2, 178 with good hands to catch passes. He backpedals extremely well on defense and is tough to get away from in man to man pass coverage. On the field, he is not afraid of contact and has developed a reputation as a hard hitter.
At an Auburn football camp he was clocked at 4.53 in the 40 and Bergeron says he ran under 4.5 at a camp on the University of Georgia campus last summer. As a senior, he caught 25 passes for 444 yards with seven touchdowns. He had one interception on defense.
Bergeron gets coaching advice during his team's victory over Central of Phenix City last season.
When asked what was his best game as a senior, he says, "I caught seven passes against Spencer and had three touchdowns." When asked to describe his best attribute as a player, he answers, "I would say it is my speed."
Shaw Coach Charlie Flowers says whoever signs Bergeron will be getting an impressive football player. "He is a very fast and physical player," Flowers says.
Bergeron says that he is interested in the Tigers if offered a scholarship. "Yes, I am," he says. "Coach (Hugh) Nall is recruiting me and he has been by the school to talk to me." Bergeron is also expected to visit Alabama on Feb. 2nd and Middle Tennessee State University on Jan. 11th.
Bergeron could play either offense or defense in college.
Tiger Ticket Extra: Brandon Williams and Antarrious Williams are not related, but the two are friends. Antarrious redshirted this past fall for the Tigers and is a rover. With Ronaldo Attimy not coming back, Williams will go into spring training as the number two rover behind Rashaud Walker...Another Shaw player who is expected to sign a college scholarship is offensive lineman Marcellus Washington. He told Inside the Auburn Tigers that Auburn is his favorite, however, the Tigers have not offered an official visit although he came to games this fall on unofficial visits. He is 6-3, 280 and runs a 5.1 40 and is a close friend of Brandon Williams. Two other Shaw linemen are expected to sign with colleges--Eddie Underwood and Christian Hill, but Auburn is not recruiting either one...Williams is one of the fastest quarter-milers in Georgia. He helped Shaw win the state track championship as a junior and has a personal best of 47.9 in the 400 meters.
More Tiger Ticket Extra: Look for Auburn to announce its new offensive coordinator by Wednesday if not sooner. Bob Petrino, the offensive quarterback of the Jacksonville Jaguars, looks to be the leading candidate. Petrino also coaches quarterbacks and Tommy Tuberville is looking for one man to fill both roles.