Less than a month ago, Jamyest Williams didn’t know where he stood with Auburn.
In light of recent changes to the Tigers’ coaching staff, Williams, a four-star athlete, had heard little to nothing from new defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff.
But Auburn appears to be making a concerted effort to re-establish communication with Williams, who named the Tigers among his early favorites during the Nike Regional Combine in Atlanta.
“It’s great to see that they’re trying to change things over there,” said Williams, who’s rated the No. 7 cornerback in 2017. “Coach McGriff, he’s been telling me how the guys have been working. I just want to get down there to see it for my own eyes.”
While Williams has heard from coach Gus Malzahn in recent weeks, McGriff, formerly with the New Orleans Saints, has led the program’s recruiting efforts for the Lawrenceville, Ga., native.
“I just want to get to know him,” Williams said of the first-year coach. “I want to build that relationship. I don’t know too much about him.”
He added: “You can relate to him. You can talk to him about things. He’s done it.”
Williams, who is being courted by several other programs, most notably Georgia, Clemson and Ohio State, has yet to name his leaders.
But the Tigers appear to be trending upward for this potential future All-American, who has noticed a change in attitude around the program.
“I can just see a difference in (Auburn receiver) Kyle (Davis),” Williams said. “I can tell his motive is different.”
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