WR From Louisiana Visits Auburn

A 2010 football prospect discusses his unofficial visit to check out Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers and his status heading into his senior season.

Slidell, La.--A visit to the Auburn University campus last week has perked interest in the Tigers from wide receiver prospect Armand Williams.

The 6-3, 189-pound rising senior from Slidell High School says, "I had a great time. I got a call from Coach (Trooper) Taylor asking me to come visit. He said I had good size and good hands and he wanted to see me physically."

Williams says he enjoyed spending time with Taylor, Auburn's first-year wide receiver coach, as well as touring the football complex and other parts of the university. "It's a beautiful campus," he says. "I love Auburn. They moved up on my list."

Williams notes that he has a best time of 4.51 in the 40-yard dash. "I am known for my vertical," he says. "I have a 43-inch vertical."

The receiver says he takes advantage of his leaping ability to make catches in traffic on the football field. He is primarily an offensive player, but says he will likely see spot duty at safety in his team's "Victory Defense" when preserving a lead late in games.

He also plays basketball at Slidell High, but for college his focus is on football. "I have well over 15 (scholarship) offers--almost 20," he says.

One of the colleges he says has offered a scholarship, Tulsa, is his current favorite. Williams also mentions Northern Illinois, Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Tulane as schools who have offered. "I can't remember all of them," he notes. He had previously taken unofficial visits to in-state programs Tulane and LSU.

Expected to be a starter for a third season as a senior, Williams says he is definitely interested in Coach Gene Chizik's program after his visit to Auburn and he believes Taylor likes him, too. "The way he was talking about things he sounded pretty interested," Williams says. "He said they really liked me. It is a long recruiting process so we will find out."

Commenting on his style of play, Williams says, "I would probably say my strength is YAC (yards after contact) and breaking tackles. I love to hit. Most receivers you see out there they don't like to hit too much, but I like contact. Also, getting the ball at the high point is something I do. I use that vertical."


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