Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Decision looms for ESPN 150 linebacker
By Greg Ostendorf
Originally, ESPN 150 linebacker Tre' Williams (Mobile, Ala./St. Paul’s) was going to announce his college choice at the Under Armour All-America Game, but after talking it over with his family, he’s decided that he’s ready to go ahead and make his commitment.
Williams will announce his decision Wednesday afternoon at his high school.
“I talked to my family, and I thought that I needed to go ahead, enjoy my senior year and have all that stress off of me, all of the pressure,” he said. “I wanted to go ahead and get rid some of that so I could focus on my senior year of football and school in general.”
Williams came out with a top five last month but has since eliminated USC from contention. That leaves Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Ole Miss. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebacker broke down his finalists.
“Alabama has that reputation of winning,” he said. “Any prospect looks at Alabama like ‘they play hard, work hard and they win at the same time.’ That’s just a great trait to have. That’s something great to have people know your team as -- a winner.
“Auburn has the new coaching staff, and from everything I know about the coaching staff, they are really great coaches. I’ve known Dameyune Craig for a really long time -- ever since my freshman year -- so we’ve built that relationship since then.
“With Ole Miss, I talk to them every Monday,” Williams added. “Coach [Hugh] Freeze, Coach [Tom] Allen and Coach [Chris] Kiffin, I talk to all those guys. They all have something different to say. We’re off the topic of football. We talk about life and personal things.
“At Florida, I talk to Coach [Will] Muschamp, and he’s a down-to-earth guy. They actually put somebody in the NFL, Matt Elam. From watching his highlights, they really produce great players. I was just thinking, ‘what could they do with me?’”
The biggest factor in all of this could be Williams’ teammate Josh Casher, who’s currently committed to Auburn. Casher, the nation’s top center prospect, has been on Williams about joining him on The Plains, but he’d be happy no matter what school his friend chooses.
“After I told him I’m committing to a school Wednesday, he brought me to the side and he was like, ‘Wherever you go, we’re still going to be close friends,’” Williams said. “He doesn’t want to be the reason why if I go to Auburn. He wants what’s best for me.”
Regardless of which hat Williams puts on Wednesday, he says he’s still planning to try and take his visits this fall.