Williams Eager to Report to AU

Ryan Williams discusses his ordeal waiting to make the transition from high school to college.

Mobile, Ala.--Ryan Williams, who plans to be on the Auburn campus later this week, says he is hacked off and at the same time he is happy.

The Auburn football signee from B.C. Rain High School is irritated that some of his grades were changed and his academic status was publically questioned by a series of articles in his hometown newspaper. He is happy that after his academic situation was reviewed by the NCAA Clearinghouse, he has been cleared for freshman eligibility and he is headed to Auburn as quickly as he can.

"I still don't know who messed with my grades or why someone would do that," says Williams, who notes he didn't need any help to become an academic qualifier. "I would really like to find out who did it.

"I knew all along that I hadn't done anything wrong," adds Williams, who points out that he has had no apologies or explanations from Mobile County school officials about what the player says was embarrassing publicity. "It is is one of those situations where I will always have to be proving myself," he says.

During his recruitment by a variety of colleges around the Southeast the talented cornerback was never considered an academic risk. "I considered graduating early and coming to Auburn for spring training, but decided that I wanted to stay with my classmates my senior year and walk with them," Williams says.

Ryan Williams has been clocked at under 4.5 in the 40-yard dash.

While many of his fellow signees have been on the AU campus working out with their new teammates, Williams has been in limbo waiting for a resolution on his academic situation until he got a phone call from Will Muschamp, who coaches the Auburn defensive backs, letting him know that AU had gotten official word that Williams had been certified by the clearinghouse.

"There is no doubt that not being able to come to campus in June puts me behind the guys who came in early, but there isn't anything I can do about that except work hard when I get to Auburn," he says. "I want to show what kind of player I am. I am confident I can get the job done in college."

The 5-11, 185 cornerback hasn't been idle this summer. He has worked out at home and got full pads work by participating in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in June along with the practices leading up to the annual game, which the Alabama stars won in a rout.

"That all-star game was really good for me because I got to practice against some really talented receivers like Brandon Gibson and Charles McCain," he says. "In the game I didn't get a lot of action. There were only two passes thrown my way. I thought I played pretty well and got a couple of big hits."

Ryan Williams started at cornerback for the Alabama all-stars in Mobile last month.

Williams, who chose Auburn over Clemson, Alabama, South Carolina and others, says he is eager to begin his college experience. "I can't wait to get there and show everybody what I can do."


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