Longwood, Fla.--It wasn't a perfect weekend for official visitor Ian Williams but he says it was close. Despite Auburn losing to Georgia Saturday Williams says the visit went very well and the Tigers are one of the teams that will be in it until the very end.
"It went great," Williams tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I had a good time. I hung out with a lot of the players and got to know them a lot better. It was just a great time. Auburn is a great city. It's a college town basically. The people are great and the coaches are great. The facilities are great. It's everything you could ask for. Auburn has a great chance."
Hosted on Friday by junior safety Eric Brock and Saturday by redshirt freshman defensive end Alonzo Horton, the 6-1, 290 Williams from Lyman High says that he would rate the visit an eight out of 10. One of the things he really enjoyed was spending time with the players and he says that he's already built a friendship with Horton through past visits and that will last a lifetime.
"I just had a good time hanging out," Williams says. "I have hung out with Alonzo just about every time I have been here. He's a cool guy. I know no matter where I go he'll always be a good friend for me. There are just great people here at Auburn and he's one of them."
The people and fans of Auburn is obviously something that Williams made a special note of during Saturday's game. Although the Tigers played poorly in a 37-15 loss to rival Georgia at Jordan-Hare Stadium Williams says he was impressed by the fans because they stuck behind their team and didn't waiver when they had the chance to do so.
"The atmosphere was great," Williams says. "You had close to 90,000 people screaming and then it started raining and getting colder and the people still stayed. I know at my high school when it starts raining you look in the stands and there is nobody up there but the band. They stayed even though they knew what was going to happen. It was 37-15 and everybody was still cheering.
"It's just good to know that they care about you more than just being a number or an Auburn football player," he adds. "They care about you more as a person and they're going to be there for you win or lose. Even though they want you to win sometimes you lose and that happens."
That atmosphere was something that obviously impressed Williams' mother and uncle who made the trip. Williams says both enjoyed the atmosphere and the people of Auburn and he's happy they were able to come along and see the campus and school.
"They need to share in what I'm going through right now," Williams says. "My mom and my uncle need to see, before hand, if I were to come here what I'll be doing and what Auburn is about."
Having already visited Notre Dame and Ole Miss officially this fall, Williams says that he'll likely take his last two visits soon. One of those will almost definitely be to Florida where the Gators have been thought to be the leader for Williams all along. He says that he hasn't quite decided on his final two but has some teams in mind.