Longwood, Fla.—One of Florida's top defensive tackle prospects was in attendance for Saturday's 7-3 Auburn victory over LSU in a match up of Top Five programs. Big Ian Williams from Lyman High says that he enjoyed the visit for his first Auburn game and especially enjoyed the great football game.
"It was the first Auburn game I've ever been to," Williams tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It was fun and a great experience. I got to see the crowd and experience the action in person instead of on TV.
"It was a nail biter coming down to the end," he says of the game. "I started getting a little worried towards the end of the game when they started driving with time running out. There were some big defensive plays. I could see myself doing that in a year or two."
A visitor to Auburn for a summer camp in June, the 6-2, 300 Williams is one of the top interior defensive line prospects around. Showing a great up field burst and an ability to put pressure on the passer, Williams has gotten interest from many of the top schools in the country. He says that having a chance to see Auburn in a different light was something he really enjoyed.
"It was very different on game day," Williams says of Auburn's campus. "When I went to the camp it was during the summer and not many people were around. You come to the game it's bumper to bumper when you're trying to get in town. There are more people tailgating than there are in the game. It's a great atmosphere."
Following the game Williams says that he enjoyed spending time with several of Auburn's coaches and players. Familiar with the program because of his visit, Williams notes that seeing them in action and having a chance to talk with them about the day was fun.
"I talked to Coach (Tommy) Tuberville and Coach (Terry) Price and Coach (Don) Dunn," he says. "Then after the game I hung out some with Alonzo Horton. The coaches were just excited about the game. It was a huge emotional win. They told me that's what I would be a part of if I came there. Alonzo is from Louisiana so he was real hyped about the game and just happy he beat his home state."
Following the visit Williams says that he's still pretty wide open on his college choices with in-state Florida right at the top of the list. "I still have Florida at the top with Auburn, Notre Dame, Clemson, Tennessee and a couple of other schools in the running. I went to Notre Dame last weekend for an official visit. That was my first. I might go up to Nebraska this weekend for an official visit but I'm not sure yet."
The start to the 2006 season has been a rough one for Williams and his teammates as Lyman is off to a 0-4 start. Playing both ways at defensive tackle and offensive guard Williams says he has 20 tackles, five tackles for losses and one sack this season while fighting constant double teams. As a junior he made 83 tackles with 23 for losses, two sacks, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.