Lot To Like About Auburn, Prospect Says

A football prospect who visited Auburn this weekend is impressed with the Tigers.

Miami, Fla.--Auburn's blend of academics, athletics, and school spirit plus good vibrations about the players and coaching staff were enough to convince tight end Kenny Williams that he wants to be a Tiger football player.

Williams won't be taking trips scheduled for Ole Miss and defending national champion Ohio State. He had also visited Rutgers and Missouri prior to an official visit to Auburn over the weekend.

"They have a good business school and that had a lot to do with my decision," Williams tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.

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The 6-7, 228-pound Williams got to view Auburn's fans up close and personal with a seat in Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum as the basketball Tigers put a 77-68 whipping on archrival Alabama. That made a favorable impression on a player who is also one of the top basketball players in Miami.

He also got to see the excitement the fans had about football as team members accepted the ODK trophy at halftime that is presented annually to the winner of the Auburn vs. Alabama football game. "The game was really good," he says.

Williams says that his player host, strong safety Junior Rosegreen, made him feel right at home as did other players on the team. "They took me out to dinner and that was fun," Williams says. "There are a lot of Miami boys up there at Auburn and I felt like I was at home when I was with them. It made my decision easier to come to Auburn."

Head coach Tommy Tuberville was in Miami earlier in the week to personally scout Williams in a basketball game. Williams noticed the Auburn coach in stands, but couldn't talk to him because of recruiting rules. However, he did get a chance to have a long conversation with the coach this weekend in Auburn.

"I like Coach Tuberville due to the fact that he has a spiritual coach (Chette Williams)," Williams says. "If there is a person who needs to be talked to, somebody like me that comes to Auburn and gets homesick, I can go to our spiritual coach and I can talk to him.

"Coach Tuberville is straight up with me," Williams adds. "He is real about everything. He doesn't beat around the bush. Auburn is the first college that told me what I wanted to hear. They told me all the things that I needed to hear about the need to work hard to be successful. The other colleges just told me they wanted me to come up there and be a good player. Auburn is real about it, they are serious and I like that."

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