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Thursday, April 4, 2013
Watch List LB Williams trims list to five

By Greg Ostendorf

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- ESPN Watch List linebacker Tre Williams (Mobile, Ala./St. Paul’s) grew up watching the Under Armour All-America Game every year. This year, he won’t be watching it. He’ll be playing in it.

Williams was among the players on the 2014 roster, released Thursday.

“It’s a great opportunity,” he said. “When they sent me the packet, I was looking through it and saw a lot of great players like Julio [Jones]. I’m just looking forward to playing in it.”

As a participant in the UA game, it’s no surprise that Williams has scholarship offers from all over the country, but he recently narrowed that list to five schools -- Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Ole Miss and USC.

Of the five schools, it’s the two in-state schools who have the early advantage.

“I took Alabama because I like Coach [Kirby] Smart. He’s a great a coach,” Williams said. “I talk to him a lot, talk to him and my recruiting coach, Coach [Lance] Thompson. I also talk to Coach [Nick] Saban. All of those guys are down to earth.

“Coach Saban is all about business. He’s not the most human guy, but he knows what he’s talking about. I like the fact that he’s not trying to sell me or nothing like that. He speaks the truth.

“At Auburn, they’re starting a new beginning,” Williams added. “They have a new set of great coaches -- Coach [Dameyune] Craig, he’s my recruiting coach. He knows my family, so I know him pretty well, and we talk on the phone a lot. I also talk to Coach [Gus] Malzahn.

“The last time I went to Auburn, I sat in his office, and he told me that he remembered me back when Cam Newton was playing. He said because I was so young, he knew of me, but he really didn’t know me. He’s been wanting to get to know me ever since then, and now he’s finally getting to know me.”

Auburn recently added a commitment from Williams’ teammate, 2014 offensive lineman Josh Casher. Williams wouldn’t say if the two would be a package deal, but he’s happy for his teammate and friend.

“Reese Dismukes is leaving in the next year, and they want him to play center, so he basically has an open spot,” Williams said. “He said he really likes Auburn, and he used to talk to me about it a lot. I just told him to do whatever was in his heart, so I guess it told him to go to Auburn.”

Williams plans to visit Auburn this Friday.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker wants to make trip to both Florida and Ole Miss over the summer. He has a good relationship with UF head coach Will Muschamp, and he talks with the Ole Miss coaches every Monday.

He likely won’t make it out to USC until after his senior season, but they’re on his list because of the work put in by his recruiting coach, Tee Martin.

“What stood out to me was when he left California to come all the way down to Mobile to watch me practice, and this was last year,” Williams said. “He could’ve stayed and watched some local school or went somewhere around California. That really stood out to me because that shows they really want me to go to their school.”

Williams says he will visit Tuscaloosa on April 20 for the Crimson Tide’s spring game.