AU commit changes pledge to Ole Miss

Marshall "Scottie" Williams (LB, Decatur, GA) - Scottie first burst on to the scene when he won Defensive MVP at the Mississippi Scout combine.

After attending the Auburn senior camp in July, Scottie decided to go ahead and commit to the War Eagles. But after giving it some thought, he has decided that Ole Miss is the better fit.

"Ole Miss is a great place academically and it has very nice facilities," said Williams, who prefers Scottie to Marshall. "That got me thinking hard about Ole Miss. Then I realized how Ole Miss gives freshmen a chance to play - they played the second most freshman of any team in the country last year - and that they were losing most of their linebacking corps. All those things factored in to my decision."

Coach Orgeron also played a major role in his decision.

"I liked Auburn and what type of program they have, but Ole Miss was just a better fit for me. They have a family atmosphere, and what really pulled me to Ole Miss was Coach Orgeron. He is a players coach. He is real serious about you taking care of your business, but he is just like one of the guys. I felt like he was the type of coach I wanted to play for."

During his official visit, Williams hit it off with several of the other prospects who were in town, including Isaiah Smith, Johnathan Frink, and Bradley Sowell.

"I've been staying in touch with Bradley and (Rebel LB commit) Isaiah Smith since my official visit. Me and Isaiah just hit if off and we keep up with each other on my space everyday. Me, Isaiah, and Johnathan Frink hung out the whole weekend. We talked about what type of trio we would be at Ole Miss. That was another thing that pulled me to Ole Miss was getting to play with a guy like Isaiah and hopefully Johnathan for the next five years."

Marshall Williams
The attraction of having Rory Johnson and Patrick Willis having success at Ole Miss and going into the NFL was also a big factor.

"Ole Miss' linebackers were some of the best in the country last year. I feel they can get the most out of my potential and the fact that there are basically three openings at LB makes me feel like I have a shot. I think of myself more like Rory (Johnson). We broke down the film during my official visit and they showed me how they used Rory. We do a lot of the same things. We are built similar and we rely on our speed and athleticism to make plays. We play like a Rover LB. That was another big impact in my commitment, seeing how they utilize someone like myself and how much success he had playing in that system. Hopefully I can get to the league like Rory."

Williams senior season saw him collect 89 tackles, 4 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles for 8-2 Southwest Dekalb. For his efforts, he was named All-County.

"Last year, it was more on natural ability. But this year, I am more of a student of the game. I have picked up a lot of things to help me have my best year yet."

Willaims said his grades f were "good" and he feels he will be a full qualifier, but he has to stay on the books second semester.

"I made what I needed to make first semester. Now I have to continue working hard," he said. "I feel confident I will make it. Everything looks good right now."

There were some questions about the courses that Scottie took through BYU this past summer but that has since been taken care of.

"They threw out some courses I took through BYU this summer, but I retook them at school, and I did good in them. I have a 2.5 Core GPA and an 860 on the SAT. I will be fine."

Scottie says he's excited about the opportunity in front of him.

"My Dad and I talked about it for a long time. He wanted me to wait until I was sure. I am sure. This is something I know is right for me. It's Ole Miss all the way," he closed.

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