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5-star LB Tre Williams will get early opportunity

Feb. 5, 2014

Tre Williams is a consensus choice as one of the nation’s top four linebacker prospects

By Phillip Marshall

Linebacker Tre Williams made an early decision that Auburn would be his school, committing early last May. And he never wavered.

Wednesday, Williams made it official when he signed a national letter-of-intent.

Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson says he likes the linebackers Auburn has returning, but he says he expects there to be room for Williams in the playing rotation next season.

“He's one I'm excited about,” Johnson said. “He played DB as a sophomore, linebacker as a junior and senior. I think he's got great physical skills. Smart. Coming out of a good program. Tough. I believe he has a chance to play early.”

Williams, 6-foot-2 and 217 pounds from St. Paul’s Episcopal in Mobile, had 119 tackles as a senior and is the school’s all-time career leading tackler. He was a two-time All-State selection and played in the Under Armour All-America game and the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game. He was rated the No. 1 linebacker prospect nationally by 247Sports, No. 2 by Scout, No. 2 by Rivals and No. 4 by ESPN.

“I think he has a really good shot to jump in the two-deep,” Johnson said. “I wish he was an early-in, but he’s not. I think he can come in here in the summer and, if he can learn, physically will be good enough to get in the two-deep.”


Phillip Marshall is a Senior Writer for Follow Marshall on Twitter:




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