Talented Young LB Checks Out AU Practice

Tre Williams discusses his visit to Auburn and his interest in Gene Chizik's Tigers.

Mobile, Ala.--Tre Williams arrived in Auburn early on Wednesday and stayed late. The promising class of 2014 football prospect said the visit was time well spent.

The 6-2, 220-pound linebacker from Class 5A power St. Paul's watched Auburn's 12th practice of spring training and then visited with Tommy Thigpen, Auburn's linebacker coach. He also hung out with head coach Gene Chizik and other members of the AU staff.

"This visit went great, especially watching the scrimmage," he said. "It made me realize what I need to do to play on the college level. Now I need to start working harder with more competition (coming in college).

"I need to work on my speed," he added "I need to especially work in the weight room and get bigger, and I need to improve my conditioning."

Last year, as a sophomore, Williams spent much of the season playing safety. Head coach Jimmy Perry noted the Saints put the big defender way off the line of scrimmage to give him a chance to roam and make plays from sideline to sideline.

Perry is no longer at St. Paul's and the new coaching staff has Williams penciled in to play middle linebacker when spring practice starts in May. The prospect noted he is looking forward to playing the position, something he has done in the past.

"They said they are going to put me at middle linebacker to control the defense," said Williams, who noted that he will also play tight end and fullback. Asked if he likes playing on both defense and offense, he said, "I love it. I just enjoy playing the game of football in general. As long as I am on the football field I am fine."

Tre Williams is shown as a sophomore for the St. Paul's Saints.

Williams said he watched Thigpen put the linebackers through drills and then spent time with the coach after practice to learn more about how players are coached and developed at the college level.

"They work hard at it," the prospect said. "I love Coach Thigpen. That is my coach there. What I like about him is he doesn't take them likely. I love hard coaches. They get me better and they get me ready for the NFL, which I have been dreaming about since I was a young child."

Williams pointed out that he liked what he saw with the interaction of the coaches and players, both during and after practice, adding off the field they treat the players like they are part of the family.

"Of course, they are hard on them in practice, but outside practice they are like a dad to them," the prospect stated. "That is what I like about them. During practice they are on them hard, coaching them hard, pushing them toward the NFL level. Another highlight is Chizik and how he talks. He doesn't try to sell you. He tells you how it is."

Commenting on the Auburn head coach, Williams added, "He has been talking to me about how much they are interested in me. He has also been talking to me about how much they are a family--just the team in general and life at Auburn."

Williams picked up early scholarship offers from Auburn, Alabama, FSU and Kentucky and is still holding at four although he noted that LSU is now showing interest. He said that the Tigers and the Tide are his favorites and doesn't appear to be in a hurry to make a decision, which he noted won't be easy because he knows a lot of people in both Auburn and Tuscaloosa.

On his visit to Wednesday's practice he said the performance of the defense got his attention with "how hard they are playing." He added, "They have gotten better since last year--way better. The way they are pursuing the ball they are going to be pretty good. They are going to go a long way this year."

Williams, who is running the 200 meters for the St. Paul's track and field team, said he plans to go to a combine in Atlanta this weekend and after that his football focus will turn to spring practice next month.

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