Sunday, April 21, 2013
ESPN 150 LB Williams recaps spring visits
By Greg Ostendorf
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- ESPN 150 linebacker Tre Williams (Mobile, Ala./St. Paul’s) is one of the top players in the state, so it’s no surprise that the defending national champions have made him a priority for the 2014 class.
Williams visited the University of Alabama for the their spring game this weekend.
“It went good,” he said. “I haven’t been back in Tuscaloosa in awhile, so it was great to see the game and talk to the coaches. They were basically telling me that they really want me at Alabama, but they really didn’t want to rush my decision.”
Tre Williams enjoyed his visit to A-Day and was impressed by everything that he saw in Tuscaloosa.
Williams plans to wait and make a decision during his senior season, or afterwards at the Under All-America game.
Still, the in-state star was impressed with how the Crimson Tide looked at A-Day. He was specifically impressed with the play of C.J. Mosley, who has battled injury all spring, and how some of the freshmen have come along.
“The team is good, of course,” Williams said. “The ones naturally played really good. It doesn’t seem like they lost anything. They’ve got some recruits coming in, so they’re still going to add a little bit more to the team. It was fun.
“C.J. Mosley, he’s still the same. He really couldn’t hit like he wanted to, but he’s still the same awesome player that everybody knows him as. Seeing the size of Derrick Henry and all them, that’s real SEC football.”
Williams would like to follow in Mosley’s footsteps, but when he talked with UA assistant coaches Kirby Smart and Lance Thompson, they didn’t rule out the possibility of playing outside linebacker.
“They said they have me at middle or outside linebacker,” Williams said. “It just depends on how big I get in the next year. When I weighed in this weekend, I weighed in at 6-2, 230, so they were thinking about putting me at inside linebacker.”
Across the state, Auburn held its spring game the same day as Alabama. Williams says just because he was in Tuscaloosa on Saturday, it doesn’t mean he’s choosing the Tide.
“Most of the time, if I visit Alabama then I have to visit Auburn so people won’t be like, ‘okay, he’s visiting Alabama, where’s Auburn?,’” Williams said. “I really don’t want people to assume where I’m going.”
In fact, the Mobile native visited Auburn last weekend and watched the Tigers practice. He was equally impressed with how they look this spring.
“The visit went good,” Williams said. “I got to watch their practice to see how their team is. Their team has come a long ways. They’re actually getting pretty good. They also have defensive lineman coming in and some offensive players, so I think they’re going to be pretty good this year.”
Williams still has a top five of Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Ole Miss and USC. He plans to make trips to Florida and Ole Miss this summer, and he wants to take two of his official visits to Miami and USC.