Four-Star Safety Checks Out Tigers

This four-star safety from the Mobile area talks about a recent unofficial visit to Auburn.

Prichard, Ala.--After making multiple visits to Tuscaloosa to visit Alabama in the last year, standout safety Jarrick Williams from Blount High made a visit to Auburn over the weekend to check out the Tigers and Coach Gene Chizik's staff. Just getting to know the staff, Williams says he enjoyed his trip to the Plains.

"I talked to Coach Chiz and Coach (Curtis) Luper and Coach Trooper (Taylor)," Williams says. "I talked to all of them. They were pretty cool guys and pretty good people to be around…they treat you just like you were at home."

With offers from all over the South, Williams has been thought to be a big Alabama lean since early in the process. While in a roundabout way he admitted that much, he says Auburn made up some ground and is in his top group at the moment.

"Yes sir, Auburn helped itself," Williams says. "It's really cool and the coaches have a sense of humor. They are in there. They would probably be one of my top five. It's Alabama, LSU, Clemson and that's about it right now."

When asked if Alabama was his top school at the moment, Williams says he's not sure how to classify them.

"Not really," Williams answers. "They've got a good program there. I just left from camp last week. I have been there about seven times."

One of the selling points to Williams from Auburn is the success of defenses and in particular defensive backs under Chizik. With three Jim Thorpe Award winners in a row while he was at Auburn and Texas, Williams says it's obvious they can get the job done.

"Coach Chiz said he had three in a row for the Thorpe Award," Williams says. "He sounds like he really knows what he's doing."

One of the top safety prospects in the country, the 6-2, 210 Williams has recorded 40-yard dash times in the 4.5 range and had a big junior season for Blount with 94 tackles and two interceptions on defense. He also added four touchdowns and 200 receiving yards on offense.

A teammate of Auburn signee Jonathan Evans, Williams says that he's not getting any pressure from the linebacker to choose the Tigers, but notes that Auburn landed a good player in the last recruiting class.

"He just tells me to do my thing," Williams says. "Jonathan is a real good player. He could play linebacker and running back."

With plenty of offers and a choice to make, Williams says now he's just concentrating on becoming a better player for the Leopards as he heads into his senior season.

"I'm working on my backpedal and breaking to the ball," Williams says. "I'm also working on my coverage ability."

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