Lindsey’s hire placed a lot of attention on Auburn’s passing game over the past week. But Williams, a 4-star recruit, likes what Lindsey will bring to Auburn’s rushers.
“I was actually really happy,” Williams said after his official visit last weekend. “Played against him, coached against him, something like that. … I was really happy about that. I knew they would find somebody good whether it was him or not.”
Auburn recruited Williams, officially listed as an athlete, at running back. The relationship between Williams and Auburn running backs coach Tim Horton is arguably the strongest in the entire 2017 recruiting class.
“Coach Horton, how could you not want to play for him?” Williams said. “Honestly, it’s the coaches and the relationships I’ve built with them in the past four or five years. I have been getting recruited by them since my eighth grade year.”
But Horton will be under the leadership of a new coach in 2017. Lindsey replaces Rhett Lashlee, who was Auburn’s offensive coordinator through the vast majority of Williams’ recruitment.
Auburn recruiting continues ahead of Feb. 1’s National Signing Day. The team has 16 commitments and 4 players signed entering the final push for prospects.
Lindsey’s offense differs from Lashlee’s in several key areas. Run-pass balance is one of the most notable differences, as Lindsey’s attacks at Arizona State and Southern Miss threw the ball a lot more often than Auburn.
However, Williams sounds confident in his potential at Auburn under Lindsey after talking with him extensively on his official visit.
“(Lindsey) was just telling me what he liked to do with the running backs,” Williams said. “He was just telling me how I would fit in the scheme and how the other running backs would fit in the scheme. … He was just telling me how he likes how I can catch the ball out of the backfield and stuff like that.”
It wasn’t all football for Lindsey and Williams, though. Williams said he and the new offensive coordinator talked about “life” just as much.
That’s also what Williams has with Horton.
“Me and Coach Horton never talk about football,” Williams said. “It’s always about life. Coach Horton is a really, really, really, really, really nice guy. I love him to death, and he’s not even my coach yet. We’ve got a good relationship.”
The recent coordinator change put Williams’ role at Auburn in flux, but he isn’t worried about that.
Like several other top commitments in Auburn’s class, he decided to shut down his recruitment after his official visit. Williams’ focus right now is signing with the Tigers next Wednesday and finishing high school.
“Time will tell (about the role),” Williams said. “I don’t know. But I love it here. It’s really a family thing, like they say.”