GA Linebacker Chooses The Tigers

Auburn continues its blazing start on the recruiting trail by adding another weapon for Coach Will Muschamp's defense. He is AU's 11th verbal for the 2007 signee class.

Decatur, Ga.--One of the top linebacker prospects in Georgia became Auburn's 11th public verbal commitment on Wednesday as athletic Marshall Williams chose the Tigers over North Carolina, Vanderbilt and several other schools. He joins fellow linebacker Eltoro Freeman from Benjamin Russell High in Alexander City as Auburn's most recent commitment.

"I just felt like Auburn was a good place for me to play," he told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "It feels like a family every time I went down there.

"I felt comfortable around the coaches--Coach (Terry) Price and Coach (James) Willis. I love their scheme--how they play their linebackers. I just felt it was the right decision to make. I am real happy about it."

A standout at several summer camps and combines, Williams (who is also known as Scottie) continued that trend last weekend when he was in Auburn for the final summer camp of the year. Measuring in a 6-2, 201, Williams had times of 4.61 and 4.63 seconds in the 40-yard dash and had a vertical leap of 36 inches. Throw in a time of 4.4 seconds in the shuttle drill and you have the makings of a fast, physical linebacker on the next level.

Commenting on the camp experience at AU, he said, "The coaches are really good. They work with you one on one and show you the ins and outs of the game that help you improve. I really like the coaches at Auburn."

Williams works out under the watchful eye of linebacker coach James Willis at Auburn's one-day mini-camp at Auburn.

Having already visited for the first senior camp in June, Williams came back last weekend to make one last impression on the Auburn coaches before he begins his senior season at Southwest Dekalb High after transferring from Parkview. He got his offer after a June AU camp and was back this past weekend for a one-day session.

As a junior for perennial powerhouse Parkview, Williams was used mostly as a pass rusher on third downs. He made 33 tackles and three sacks from a defensive end position, but will make the move to his natural position of linebacker this season at SW Dekalb.

In addition to Williams and Freeman, Auburn has commitments from offensive linemen Ryan Pugh, Chaz Ramsey and Kyle Coulahan, tight ends Brent Slusher and Bailey Woods, fullback John Douglas, and defensive backs Michael Slade, Johnny Lee Dixon and Daquan Bembry.

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