Auburn, Ala.—After months of aggravation and scrutiny, Auburn incoming freshman defensive back Ryan Williams is finally on campus and ready to begin his college football career. Cleared officially on Wednesday, Williams says that he's happy to finally have the chance to put everything behind him and concentrate on the future.
"I'm so excited and ready to get on the field," Williams says. "I can't wait until tomorrow. I have been waiting for a long time. I was supposed to have been here but I'm finally here. I'm ready to work hard and get on the field."
A top cornerback prospect that chose Auburn over Clemson and several other schools, the B.C. Rain product is a player that is behind many of his fellow incoming freshman because he wasn't on campus this summer.
Cleared by the NCAA, many of Williams' classmates moved to Auburn as early as June to begin working out with Strength and Conditioning Coach Kevin Yoxall as well as taking part in voluntary workouts on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. That has many of the players already feeling good about their grasp on the defense or offense heading into two-a-days.
One of those players is safety Michael McNeil. A smart football player that understands his way around a defense, the fellow Mobile native has been a lifeline for Williams to the Auburn program this summer and even more of a help the last two days. Knowing Williams was behind and needed some help, McNeil has spent time teaching his roommate some of the things he has learned over the summer. Williams says that he now knows the meaning of a true friend after what he's gone through this summer and what guys like McNeil have done to make him feel welcome.
"I have been studying the playbook," Williams says. "He (McNeil) has been working with me since I have been here trying to get me on the field early. I have a lot to prove in the classroom and on the field. I feel real good and I'm happy to be here.
"Mike is my roommate and I knew he was going to help me out whenever I needed him. He was a true friend. Just having Michael McNeil around, someone who has been around since June 10, was real good for me. With his help I feel like I can be on the field early because he has a real good understanding of things."