Big Lineman Camps at Auburn

A report on an in-state lineman prospect who camped at Auburn is featured.

Dothan, Ala.--There aren't a lot of offensive line prospects in the state of Alabama for the 2009 signee class, but when he gets on the football field it will be hard to miss the one at Houston Academy

Josh Williford, who stands six-foot-seven and weighs 340 pounds, has burst onto the recruiting scene this summer with performances at an LSU camp that earned him a scholarship from the Bayou Bengals. The same thing happened when he camped at Ole Miss.

On Saturday the rising senior participated in Auburn's one-day Senior Camp and was one of the more interesting prospects at the session.

"The camp was a lot of fun," Williford tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "We went over pass blocking, which I needed some help with, so the camp helped me a lot."

Williford, who showed surprisingly quick feet for a high school player his size, says playing basketball helps him in that area and adds, "That and running from my parents--just kidding."

Josh Williford (left) participates in a pass blocking one-on-one drill.

The big lineman was watched carefully by Auburn's coaches. "They seem interested," Williford says. "I believe I had a good workout and I am looking forward to hearing from them."

Williford is still relatively new to the fall sport.

"My first year of football was in the ninth grade and I rotated starting at defensive tackle," he says. "Then my sophomore year I ended up starting at defensive tackle. My junior year I started both ways at guard and defensive tackle."

Williford towers over a defensive lineman in a drill.

Unlike many high school football players in the state of Alabama, he didn't grow up a fan of the Auburn Tigers or Bama. "I grew up a Tennessee fan because my dad graduated from Tennessee and that rubbed off me," Williford says. "Tennessee has recruited me, but after going up there I decided it wasn't the fit for me even though I still love them." The Vols didn't offer the big lineman a scholarship after camping in Knoxville earlier this year.

Commenting on who is his current favorite, he says, "LSU and Ole Miss are the only two offers right now so those are my two favorites."

Serious about his academics, Williford hasn't decided what he wants to study in college, but he has some ideas. "It might change, but the three top things now are vet medicine, pre-med and engineering," says Williford, who notes that he is done with the summer camp circuit and ready to concentrate on his senior season.


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