The Opening: Darryl Williams

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Now the No. 5 center prospect in America, Darryl Williams' ascent has only continued after a breakout fall campaign. Still, it hasn't surprised the three-star one bit.

Don't tell Darryl Williams that his ascent is one of the more surprising storylines from The Opening out in Oregon last week.

"It was a great time, going against some of the top players," he said. "I feel like I shouldn't have been a surprise from the get-go. I feel like I should have had offers since the ninth grade.

"It’s still a great experience, though, I got better every day."

Now up the the No. 5 center prospect in America on, Williams is also closing on a potential commitment. In-state powers Auburn and Alabama remain in the thick of the race for the Bessemer (Ala.) City standout.

"I’m going to meet with some new teams later on. SEC and ACC for sure," he said. "I’m going to meet with Auburn soon, me and my mom are going to sit down with Gus Malzahn and J.B. Grimes.

"I talked to (Alabama assistant Mario) Cristobal at the event, but Nick Saban is still reviewing things. He wants me. I want the offer from them and they will be in high consideration. But we’ll go from there."

Florida State, Mississippi State, Kentucky and several others have offered the three-star projection. A decision could come next month.

"I’m probably going to do it in August, right before school," he said. "I want to focus on my team and get to a state championship."

Williams is listed at 6-foot-3 1/2, 304 pounds, and his work from the annual event in Oregon can be seen below.

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