Alaric Williams will get outside his comfort zone this weekend.
Come Saturday the four-star junior athlete from Gadsden, Ala., will be sitting inside Notre Dame Stadium. It will be the first unofficial visit outside the South for Williams, whose family picked the Irish as a top choice destination.
“Actually, they talked me into it,” Williams said. “My guardian that I live with, he’s been to Notre Dame before. He really liked it whenever he went there. He told me that I’d probably like it too, so we just wanted to take the visit and see how it is.”
Notre Dame has been in regular contact and Williams, an Auburn commitment since July, is hoping a scholarship offer comes during the visit.
“I just want to see how the coaches are and get a feel for the atmosphere,” Williams said. “I’ve heard great things about the school. I just want to see how it is … I’ve never been there, so everything is new. Hopefully I’ll see some cool things.”
Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and Ole Miss are some other offers Williams can consider. He recently visited Ole Miss and has plans to see Florida this month.
Seeing other schools gives the 6-foot, 198-pound prospect something to compare to Auburn.
“I compare the coaches a lot,” Williams said. “I feel like that’s big. And the atmosphere, it’s such a great atmosphere. But I’ve heard it’ll be a good atmosphere at Notre Dame too. We’ll see. I haven’t really met the coaches or anything so we’ll do that too.”
Some other visits might also happen down the road — Williams mentioned making a trip to California — but Auburn remains the leader with a verbal pledge in hand.
“Auburn is still home,” Williams said. “I just want to make sure that’s where I want to go. There’s a lot of schools out there and I want to see what they’re like. I’m just keeping my options open a little bit and seeing how it goes.”