AU's Defense Excites Visiting Prospect

This standout defensive back talks about his visit to Auburn this coming weekend and what he likes about the Tigers.

Mobile, Ala.--A commitment to the Auburn Tigers and one of the top defensive back prospects in the South is scheduled to take an official visit to Auburn this weekend to check out Coach Tommy Tuberville's program up close and personal.

Defensive back Ryan Williams from B.C. Rain High committed to Auburn in August and says that he's looking forward to seeing things again along with his parents this weekend.

"I think this official visit is more for my parents," Williams tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I have already been up there and I know what I need to know. I'm just going to have a good time.

"My parents are going to talk to the academic advisors and the coaches to make sure they're convinced this is what they want for me. It probably is because Coach (Will) Muschamp has been to my school and been to my house and talked with my parents. We're just going to feel things out this weekend."

A player who has been constantly looking at other schools since his commitment to Auburn, Williams says that he has two other visits scheduled, but remains committed to the Tigers. He plans to visit West Virginia on Jan. 19 with a trip to Clemson on the 26th. Much of the talk about Williams has been about his interest in Alabama now that Nick Saban has become the coach of the Crimson Tide. Williams says that actually they have become less likely of a choice with the new coaching staff.

"I really don't know what to look for now with them," Williams says of Alabama. "I'm at a loss for words. Coach Saban is real good, I guess, but I don't know how he coaches. I really didn't follow Nick Saban like that. It's really just Auburn with West Virginia and Clemson behind them."

Williams shows off the form that also makes him a standout in track for B.C. Rain.

While he doesn't know about the coaching situation at Alabama, Williams is definitely sure of what he's getting when he gets to Auburn. Recruited by linebacker coach James Willis in his first season recruiting the Mobile area, Williams says that he quickly learned that Willis was looking for him as a person and not just a football player.

"Coach Willis was always there for me," Williams says. "I call him ‘Pops.' He was always looking out for me and making sure my best interest was at heart. Coach Willis was the person I could talk to about anything."

Willis wasn't the only first-year coach that Williams looked to for advice this season. The other was Auburn's new defensive coordinator Muschamp. Watching to see what kind of defense the Tigers would have Williams says he's excited about playing in that defense down the road.

"It was a defensive team," Williams says. "They shut down Florida, they shut down LSU, those are two offensive powerhouses in the SEC. Those two games just said it all for me. They are physical, they are fast, they are aggressive. He's not afraid to blitz and they play man and aggressively."

A dominating player on both sides of the ball for B.C. Rain, the 5-11, 185 Williams is a player who could help in a number of places for the Tigers but is expected to begin his career at cornerback.

As a senior Williams caught 27 passes for 701 yards and three touchdowns as a wide receiver and also made 50 tackles with one interception with most teams throwing away from him. He also returned four punts for scores and one kickoff for a touchdown in 2006.


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