2012 Lineman Has Tigers On Top

This talented junior lineman talks about his visit to Auburn on Monday.

Atlanta, Ga.--Westlake lineman Quinteze Williams has already gotten a head start on recruiting for the 2012 class with six offers including a recent one from Florida State. On Monday he took a visit to one of the schools already on board.

Visiting Auburn for the second time in less than a month, Williams says at the moment the Tigers are in the lead for him as he prepares for his junior year thanks to his relationship with the coaching staff and his love of the city.

"Auburn is number one," Williams says. "It's just the family feeling. There is no one out of any of the schools that are recruiting me that is recruiting like they are. They want me there. I like that feeling.

"I love it," Williams adds of the town. "It's got that hometown feel. You can be relaxed and still have fun at the same time. It's a nice feeling."

A 6-5, 250-pounder, Williams is being recruited for the defensive side of the ball for the Tigers and spent much of his time with coach Tracy Rocker on Monday. He said he also got a chance to see the campus and facilities, something that was big for him.

"Coach Rocker laid it out for me," Williams says. "I got a chance to see a lot of the players and how they interact in their day-to-day life. I saw the weight room, the locker room, and the training facility and how they take care of the players. They've got academics number one but football is just as important.

"He's a great dude," he adds of Rocker. "He's all into the family and I can tell he's got my best interest at heart. It's just the little things he says. He said even if I didn't go there I could still call him. He let the people with me see the atmosphere too."

Joined by his father, head coach and his trainer, Williams notes it was big for his dad to get to see Auburn because when the time comes he'll be a part of things. "I want him to be part of my decision," Williams says. "And I'm really considering going there."

Another part of his decision will be which side of the football he ends up playing on in college. While most schools are recruiting him for defense, he knows because of his size and frame that there's a good chance he could be an offensive tackle on the next level.

"I prefer defensive line, but as far as my future is concerned a lot of coaches and people in the business are telling me to play offense," Williams says. "I'm really considering that and I dabble in that, too."

Planning to take several trips to Auburn this fall to see the Tigers play, Williams says at the moment he's not rushing to make a decision because he wants his teammates to be able to get some exposure with teams coming to watch him play.

"I'm going to take some visits and take my time," Williams says. "Just because of my opportunities I want my teammates to get the same looks. If they come to school to see me they'll see the other players."

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