Ryan Williams Chooses Tigers

Auburn has picked up another football verbal commitment.

Mobile, Ala.--One of the state's top defensive backs, Ryan Williams of B.C. Rain High School, is Auburn's 13th public verbal commitment for the 2007 signee class.

The cornerback visited Auburn this past weekend on an unofficial trip and says he had an excellent visit. He was planning to make an announcement on his college choice after visiting Alabama this weekend, but says he has chosen the Tigers over the Tide.

"I have committed to Auburn," Williams tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.

The 5-11, 185 pounder has been clocked at 4.48 in the 40-yard dash. A physical player, he is rated as a four star prospect by Scout.com. He also considered offers from Clemson, LSU, South Carolina and Florida.

He is rated the No. 23 cornerback prospect in the nation by Scout.com. As a junior he had 50 tackles and four interceptions on defense. He added 10 receptions for 300 yards and four touchdowns as a wide receiver.

Williams notes that he told Auburn coaches on his visit that he planned to sign with the Tigers. "I felt comfortable. I didn't feel like I had to prove anything new. I felt like the coaches had confidence in me."

"They knew I was ready to step in and play ball. I had that gut feeling. I had the feeling that was where I needed to be. They were congratulating me. They told me they were ready for me to come in and play my freshman season."

Williams is shown at the U.S. Army and Scout.com Combine in San Antonio where he was one of the top performers in January.

Williams says he likes the coaches who have been recruiting him for AU--Will Muschamp, the defensive coordinator and secondary coach, and James Willis, who coaches linebackers and recruits the Mobile area.

"Coach Muschamp and Coach Willis--we all got real cool," Williams says. "Everything I needed they got me. They kept in contact with me. They recruited me very hard. I knew them very well and they knew me."

The B.C. Rain star says his team has finished two-a-days and is practicing daily in pads. He notes he is looking forward to his senior season.

"I am going to enjoy being a two-way player for one more season on offense," says Williams, who is expected to stay on the defensive side of the football at Auburn.

Williams, who notes that he likes Auburn secondary and defensive back Will Muschamp, says, "He's intense and he is a player's coach. He is everything that I am looking for in a college coach."

The defensive back also says he enjoyed his visit to Auburn last weekend to check out practice. "The defense is intense, they're fast and they hit. They do all that I do."

Commenting on his planned trip to Tuscaloosa this coming weekend, he says, "The Alabama coaches haven't contacted me this week. They made me feel like they didn't want me anymore. I just went ahead. I still plan on taking my visit.

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"I am going to see if anything changes. I want to see if I get treated the same. I want to see if they welcome me with open arms. I want to see if I get the same vibe."

Williams, who has a reputation as a physical player, and his teammates will open the season Sept. 1st against 6A powerhouse Daphne.

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(Scout.South.com's Andrew Bone contributed to this report.)

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