Big Defensive Lineman Likes Visit to Auburn

One of the Southeast's more highly regarded defensive line prospect discusses his official visit to check out the Auburn Tigers.

Memphis, Tenn.--Defensive lineman Dan Williams says he really enjoyed his official visit to Auburn over the weekend, but notes that the home-state Tennessee Volunteers are still the team to beat.

Williams says that Auburn's stock is rising though after spending time with players, coaches and others on the AU campus from Friday through Sunday.

"My visit went real well," Williams told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I got to meet the players. My host was Tim Duckworth. He was a good host. I got to hang out with the guys--play video games and shoot a little pool. It was very nice. I see the team gets along very well. It looks like a good atmosphere. It is a football town. It looks like it would be a good place to go to school."

Williams says he wishes he could have arrived in time to see the SEC Championship Celebration at Toomer's Corner on Friday night. He says he heard that was a lot of fun. "I think I made up for that by getting to spend a lot of time talking to the players, Coach (Tommy) Tuberville, Coach (Terry) Price and Coach (Don) Dunn, too. That was nice. I met Dr. (Gary) Waters, a professor in the business the school. He helped me try to choose a major. He is very nice. I had a good experience."

Williams, a 6-4, 320-pounder from Memphis East High, says that he will take his next official visit to the University of Tennessee on Jan. 14th. His friend and teammate, Malcolm Rawls, has already committed to play for the Vols and the two have discussed playing together in college.

"Tennessee is my leader, but like my dad told me it is wise to keep my eyes open and look at other schools," Williams says. "I plan to go to Tennessee, look at the program and make my decision after that."

Dan Williams

As a senior for a 6-5 team, he was a productive defender. "I had 88 solo tackles, 44 assists, about seven sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries," Williams says. He was in on 85 tackles as a junior.

Williams says he enjoyed watching the Tigers practice on Saturday as they continued workouts getting ready for the Jan. 3rd Sugar Bowl when Auburn faces the Virginia Tech Hokies.

"I see those guys are really close," he says of the Tigers. "They ran the practice real well. Auburn has nice facilities"

The big lineman got a kick out of a fight at practice between reserve tight end Kyle Derozan and reserve defensive end Marquis Gunn. "After they finished fighting they got right back up and hugged each other and I liked that," he said. "That is just part of the game of football. You have that competitiveness out there. Once they finished and hugged that was it. They got back to practice and it was no big deal."

Williams has already visited the hometown Memphis Tigers on a recruiting visit as well as Mississippi State. He says that he also has offers from colleges such as Arkansas, Clemson, Missouri and others, but is not planning to visit any other colleges than his four finalists. With better than a 3.0 grade point average in his core subjects and a qualifying test score, he is on track to be an academic qualifier.

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