Alaric Williams is already used to long drives up north.
Last month the four-star junior running back trekked from Gadsden, Ala., to Notre Dame for its game against Navy. Williams, an Auburn commitment, returned home with a new scholarship offer and stronger relationship with running backs coach Autry Denson.
It all went well enough for Williams and his guardian to plan another trip to see the Irish, except this time it will be to Boston for the Shamrock Series game against Boston College at Fenway Park.
“It’ll be a close game but they should come out with a win,” Williams said. “It’s new. It’s all new. The whole north thing is new.”
Williams is already looking to get back on campus this offseason on top of the neutral site visit this weekend. Denson has been in touch “daily” to generate another trip down the road.
Most of that conversation revolves around things away from the field.
“It’s more like stay focused type deal,” said Williams, who’s been committed to Auburn since summer. “It’s not even really football, just things outside of football. School, staying focused and things like that.”
Other visits are starting to take shape too.
Auburn has been playing host and is likely to do so again for the Iron Bowl against Alabama at the end of this month. He wants to visit Florida and Ole Miss this offseason too.
Williams has been to the last three Iron Bowls, so he knows what to expect in terms of atmosphere and environment.
“It’ll probably be the Auburn-Alabama game as it is,” Williams said. “I’ve gotta go to that one. It’s a crazy game. You never know what’s gonna happen. The atmosphere is ridiculous. Like, ridiculous.”
Williams said Florida, Ole Miss, Notre Dame and Florida State are among the programs recruiting him hardest right now. Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky are among the other programs to have offered scholarships.
Auburn continues to recruit the 6-foot, 198-pound prospect as if he’s uncommitted.
“All these other schools are coming at me hard now,” Williams said. “They have to try too now.”