Talented 2007 DB Looking at Tigers

Atlanta Westlake defensive back Addison Williams talks about his experience in San Antonio and the colleges that interest him.

Atlanta, Ga.--Prospects who can run are always a top priority for college football coaches when looking for future players and one who will likely catch the eye of plenty of schools next season is defensive back Addison Williams from Westlake High.

At 5-9, 167, he isn't huge, but he has the tools to be a top cornerback recruit for the class of 2007.

He gave a glimpse of that this month when he took part in the Junior Combine at the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio, Texas. With more than 500 of the nation's top juniors participating, Williams was one of the top defensive backs on the field. He says that having the chance to square off against some of the nation's best was good for him heading into the summer before his senior season.

"It was a pretty good experience," Williams says. "You get a chance to go against some of the top recruits in the nation. It meant a lot for me to be there knowing I'm one of the top guys in the nation because that's who I'm going to be playing with and against the year after next."

Williams is a true cover corner.

A transfer to Westlake last season from nearby Banneker High, Williams had a very strong junior season as both a cornerback and kick returner after starting as both a freshman and sophomore.

One of the top players for the 8-3 Lions in 2005, he made 36 tackles and six interceptions on defense. On kickoff returns he averaged 31 yards and had four returns for touchdowns. He bettered that on punts, averaging 33 yards, and also had two scores.

"My strength playing defensive back is my speed and my ability to cover man-to-man," Williams says. "I think I have the ability to run with the smaller, faster receiver and I have the physical ability to play with the biggest receivers."

His combination of speed and productivity on the field should make him a top prospect for next season and he says that he already has a long list of schools that he's interested in. "I like Auburn, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Notre Dame, LSU and a few others," Williams says. "I'm just keeping my options open for the most part."

One of the colleges appears to have an early advantage in the race for Williams though as one of his best friends is currently playing in the SEC. A redshirt freshman safety who also played some running back in 2005, Auburn's Tristan Davis has been a confidant for Williams for and he says he still speaks with the current Auburn player frequently.

"Tristan Davis is one of my good friends," Williams says. "I have known him for years. I talk to him a lot and I'm in Auburn with him a lot."

Williams and teammates Cameron Newton and Mychaal Harrison all were in attendance in San Antonio and will be players to watch in the fall of 2006.

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