Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Scouts: Williams fills need for Auburn
By Billy Tucker
Under Armour All-American Tre' Williams (Mobile, Ala./St. Paul's Episcopal) became Auburn's first ESPN 150 verbal for 2014 on Wednesday. Here's what our scouts foresee from Williams once he arrives on The Plains.
What he brings: Williams is a high upside, high effort linebacker with the physical and athletic ability to play early for the Tigers. A downhill filler who is at his best tackle to tackle but can chase plays down with good range outside the hashes. He can run and hit but the area that raises concern is his third down capabilities as a coverage backer and overall defending in space versus fast SEC offenses.
How he fits: Williams is a good fit for the Mike position in Auburn’s 4-2-5 defense installed by Ellis Johnson with his inside run strength and communication skills. The defense requires two good run stopping linebackers, Williams could potentially play both, to go along with a hybrid safety that brings more of a speed element.
History at position: Auburn has not hit as of late at the linebacker position; they have actually had more success upfront at defensive linemen. However, the bar is still set high for Williams with some talented backers of the past like All-American’s Karlos Dansby and Takeo Spikes
Prediction for performance: Williams still needs to develop his impressive tools but should be able to contribute early at the Mike position when you look at the depth. He has all the physical ability and intangibles to develop into a significant contributor over his career both as a tackling machine and a leader of the defense.
How the class is shaping up: Gus Malzahn lands his first ESPN 150 prospect in Williams and his fifth commitment, all rated in the top-15 at their respective position. Coach Dameyune Craig has had a lot of early influence on this class in-state. Williams fills a need at inside linebacker for the Tigers and may be called upon to contribute early.