Auburn In The Hunt For DE Following Visit

Speedy defensive end William Green talks about his visit to Auburn and where the Tigers stand.

Hoover, Ala.--Standout defensive end William Green took an official visit to Auburn over the weekend and says that following his trip the Tigers are definitely a school he's looking at closely as the decision time nears for recruits.

"It was fun," Green tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I got to hang out with all the players and got to talk to a lot of the other recruits. I got to eat a lot and hang out and talk with the coaches. It was fun."

Hosted by Aairon Savage, the 6-4, 210 Green says that of all the things that he enjoyed about the visit, perhaps the biggest thing for him was realizing that the city of Auburn has more to offer than just football.

"I would rate my visit an eight out of 10," Green says. "I guess the thing that stood out to me the most was how well I fit in down there and with the guys. Coming down and thinking it was a small town I didn't think it would be as exciting as it was, it was more exciting than I thought it would be."

Saying he got along great with Savage, Green notes that one aspect of things that is important for him is making sure that he will fit in with the players on the team. After the visit he says that's not a problem at Auburn.

"I wanted to basically see if I fit in down there and fit in with the players that are already down there," Green says. "That's the main thing. I also got to see the academic side of things as well as the scheme-side of things football wise. I think I fit in pretty good down there."

The one question Green had for the Auburn coaches is what would his role be in Auburn's defense should he choose the Tigers? He notes that after talking with the coaches he likes what he hears.

"They want me to play defensive end," Green says. "They said I would drop into coverage every now and then, but my main thing is rushing the passer. That's probably what I would be doing."

The role Green would likely play is similar to the one that Quentin Groves excelled at in his time at Auburn. With Groves likely being a high draft choice this year and Antonio Coleman one of the top players in the league because of that same versatility, Green says it's intriguing to think about himself in that same role down the road.

"It's very exciting," Green says. "It shows me that I might have the possibility one day of going to the league."

With one visit now in the books it's on to Gainesville and then Clemson for Green. He says that he's not sure how his visit list will shape up after the next weekend though.

"I have Florida next week and then Clemson the week after that," Green says. "I'll probably take one the week after that, but I'm not sure where to just yet. It will probably be between Alabama and Tennessee."

Next weekend will be a big day for Green as he visits a school that has been high on his list since the beginning. While Auburn definitely made an impact with Green, he adds he won't know just how much until he can compare it with Florida.

"Florida is my leader right now, but things could change after I go down there," Green says. "I don't know. Auburn helped itself this weekend. Florida is in the slight lead, but it's not much."

Click here for the full list of official visitors. Below is a list of other recruits to talk with Inside the Auburn Tigers about their visits this weekend. Click on their names for the reports.

Philip Pierre-Louis
Christian Thompson
Jarmon Fortson
Freddie Smooth
LaRon Byrd
Jomarcus Savage
Eric Smith
Robert Quinn
Burton Scott
Vance Smith
Reggie Hunt
Drew Cole
Marcus Jemison


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