Quinnen Williams could not believe that Will Muschamp was once again a head coach.
Williams, a 4-star Alabama defensive tackle commit from Wenonah High School (Birmingham, Ala.), was once committed to Auburn. He says talk of Muschamp wanting another job never came up when Williams was committed to the Tigers.
“I didn’t think he wanted to be a head coach again anytime soon,” Williams told SEC Country. “I thought he wanted to build something special with Auburn. We’ve had long conversations when I was committed to Auburn, and him leaving for a head coaching job never came up. He was always talking about building Auburn’s defense.”
The 6-foot-4, 265-pounder said Muschamp was still recruiting him even after he flipped to Alabama back in June.
Williams wasn’t really listening to his recruiting pitch, though. He says he is 100 percent committed to the Crimson Tide and is looking forward to joining the team next season.
Below, you can find a full Q&A session with Williams, who reveals the best player he went up against this season, who he wants to join the Tide and one surprising thing that most fans won’t know about him.
Q: Who do you think will be the biggest surprise to commit to Alabama next month? And why?
A: I’m not sure about who will be a surprise commit, but I would love to play with (nation’s No. 1 inside linebacker) Ben Davis. We formed a great bond at the Alabama vs. Mississippi all-star game. He’s a very down to earth guy and a hard worker on the field.
Q: Which schools are still recruiting you even though you are committed? How do you feel about that?
A: Florida has been in contact a lot but I’m 100 percent committed to Alabama. They want me to visit their campus and see what they have to offer and see how I fit into their scheme. I can play defensive end or defensive tackle in their defensive scheme.
Q: Who was the best player you went up against this season and why?
A: It was (Alabama offensive line commit) Deonte Brown in the (Alabama-Mississippi) all-star practice. He is a huge person and has great feet. He can move his huge frame quickly. I think he can be a very special player at the next level with his size, quickness and great footwork, plus with great coaching from (Alabama offensive line coach Mario) Cristobal and coach (Nick) Saban, he’ll be a really good player.
Q: Will you visit any other schools besides Alabama in January?
A: No.I have one official visit planned and that’s on the 15th to Alabama.
Q: What are you most looking forward to getting this holiday season?
A: I’m looking forward to seeing my family happy this holiday season and of course getting my new iPhone 6. It’s really nice. The camera is awesome on it.
Q: Besides your gifts, what are you most looking forward to doing this holiday season?
A: I’m really looking forward to my annual family Christmas party. We have a lot of fun. We cook, eat good, sing Christmas Carols and exchange gifts. We have a different theme every year and this year we’re having a bonfire Christmas party. I’m excited about that.
Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: One thing people will be surprised to know about me is that I took piano lessons and I love to play it. I love music. My grandfather bought me a piano, so I’m always playing it in our den. I love playing gospel. I also love playing Stevie Wonder’s “Ribbon In The Sky.”
Williams is rated as the nation’s No. 25 defensive tackle and is the state of Alabama’s No. 5 overall prospect.