AU Signee Cleared to Begin Practice

The Auburn football Tigers received good news on Wednesday.

Mobile, Ala.--After a long wait, Ryan Williams is expected to be in Auburn this evening to begin his college football experience with the Auburn Tigers.

Head coach Tommy Tuberville told Inside the Auburn Tigers on Wednesday that the cornerback from B.C. Rain High School has been academically cleared and is on his way to Auburn to begin practice this week. Tuberville says the final paperwork should be completed on Wednesday.

The signee was in the news earlier this summer when his academic status was questioned in a series of articles in his hometown newspaper stating that some of his grades had been changed.

Earlier this summer he was approved for admission by the NCAA Clearinghouse. Since then both Auburn University and the SEC have reviewed the situation and found the defensive back to be ready for freshman eligibility.

Williams says he doesn't know who or why anybody would want to change his grades because he was in no jeopardy of not qualifying academically. "In fact, I seriously considered graduating early and coming to Auburn in January," Williams says.

The 5-11, 185 cornerback notes he has been working out at home this summer after playing in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in June. Williams chose Auburn over Clemson, Alabama, South Carolina and others.

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