Tre Williams was among the first players to commit to Auburn during the spring. The St. Paul’s linebacker knew what the Tigers were overcoming from the 2012 season, but he believed in the coaching staff.
“It’s a great feeling to know that me putting all my trust and belief in their scheme and what they said they was going to do and it actually happened,” Williams said. “It really lets me know that I can trust them for the next four years.”
Before he can showcase his talents at Auburn, Williams will play in Saturday’s Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic at Cramton Bowl.
He’s still considering taking official visits to Ole Miss and Florida, but he has not wavered in his commitment to Auburn. Williams arrived to Monday’s check-in donning an orange Auburn sweatshirt and Auburn socks.
The top linebacker prospect in the state can’t believe Auburn has made it to the BCS title game so quickly.
“Coach Malzahn told me that they were going to go to a really good bowl game and we never mentioned national championship because we never thought it would happen,” Williams said.
Once on the Plains, he’ll join a linebacker corps with established players Cassanova McKinzy and Kris Frost. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Williams isn’t concerned about competing for playing time.
“Wherever I went, there’s going to be competition,” he said. “I already set my mind to whenever I go to college, I’m going to have to compete, and that’s what I’m going to do. I love to compete.”
Williams said he keeps in contact with Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson, who also coaches linebackers.
Williams was one of three Mobile area commits to Auburn, all of whom were recruited by wide receivers coach and Pritchard native Dameyune Craig, who is among the top recruiters in the nation.
“He can relate to the same thing I’m doing, the way he was when he was in high school,” Williams said. “He told me everything about it, he told me the reason why he went to Auburn, the reason why he love it, and he said he wants me to experience the same thing.”
Williams suffered a concussion during his team’s double-overtime loss in the third round of the playoffs on Nov. 22, but he said he’s fine now and looking forward to Saturday’s game. He’s most looking forward to “getting the college experience” of playing in a game with plenty of other SEC commits, including fellow Auburn commits Justin Thornton, Kamryn Pettway, Stephen Roberts and Racean Thomas.
“These are probably 90 percent of players I’m going to have to play against in college,” Williams said. “It’s probably something where I’ll be playing with someone (Saturday) I’ll be playing against (in college). It’s a matter of not making enemies, but making more friends.”