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4-star DE signs with Auburn, 'wants to be great'

Feb. 5, 2014

Andrew Williams chooses Auburn over offers from Clemson and Georgia

By Phillip Marshall

Auburn closed out national signing day in style Wednesday, landing 4-star defensive end Andrew Williams.

Williams, 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds from Eagles Landing Christian Academy in McDonough, Ga., signed with Auburn on Wednesday, choosing the Tigers over Clemson and Georgia.

After narrowing his choices to Auburn and Clemson, Williams took a visit to Georgia last weekend. New defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and defensive line coach Tracy Rocker urged him to make a last-minute change of direction, but in the end, he signed with Auburn.

Defensive line coach Rodney Garner celebrated with his fellow coaches when Williams announced his decision.

"He wants to be great," Garner said. "It's fun to coach guys who want to be great."

Garner said Williams has "a tremendous upside."

"I think he's a good kid," Garner said. "I think it's important to him. I think he likes football. Hopefully, he'll come in and make the adjustment from high school to college. Coming from a smaller program, it's going to be a matter of how quickly he adjusts.

"He has a lot of talent and a tremendous upside. If he will work hard, he has a chance to be a really good football player."

Williams had 66 tackles and 10 sacks as a senior. He helped lead ELCA to a state championship in 2012 and the state semifinals in 2013.

Auburn signed 18 players Wednesday and has five other signees who enrolled in January.


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





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