4-star inside linebacker recruit Tre' Williams from St. Paul's Episcopal High School in Mobile, Alabama has reportedly committed to play college football for the Auburn Tigers in 2014.
J.C. Shurburtt of 247Sports.com broke the news on Wednesday:
JC Shurburtt @jcshurburtt
#Top247 LB Tre' Williams commits to #Auburn (FREE) http://t.co/Mqe2ufWwQl via @BMatt2472013-5-8 20:20:27
The 6'2", 217-pound prospect is considered by some to be the best linebacker in the nation, and 247Sports.com's composite rankings have him as the No. 3 ILB prospect.
Although the perception may be that Williams is a bit undersized for his position to contribute right away, he plays much bigger than his frame suggests. He still has time to fill out even more in his senior year of high school as well, and Williams has plenty of upside for Tigers fans to be excited about even as a true freshman.
What makes Williams special on tape is that he is a very decisive football player. When he reads a play, he attacks—and blockers are typically left in the dust while he makes a play on the ball carrier.
With outstanding range and simply fantastic tackling form, there isn't much room for Williams' fellow high school competitors to go once he gets a hold of them. He can also spy on mobile quarterbacks and chase them down or force them into an uncomfortable throw.
Another positive is that Williams has flashed the ability to drop back into coverage, and he has the lateral quickness and closing speed to disrupt passing lanes and even cover tight ends man-to-man.
Williams plays tight end on offense for St. Paul's, and has displayed very soft, reliable hands and the vision with the ball in his hands to be very dangerous. Considering he is in the right spot at the right time more often than not, it should lead to a fair share of electrifying plays in college to set up the Tigers offense in prime scoring position.
The Tigers should be getting an instant contributor on special teams at the very least in Williams—barring injury or a redshirt. Williams should have a prosperous career for Auburn if his current standing in the 2014 class is a true indicator of collegiate success.