Five-star inside linebacker Tre' Williams has named his top five, but which school on his list is the best fit for him?
Williams is undoubtedly an elite prospect, and his eventual commitment will be a big deal. He's 6'2'', 217 pounds and is ranked as the No. 3 inside linebacker in the 2014 class according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He's also ranked the No. 4 player from the state of Alabama.
David Johnson of Rebels247 (247Sports.com) reported on Williams' top five on the Rebels247 board:
5-star linebacker Tre' Williams tells Rebels247 this morning that he has a top five, in no order of: Florida, Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn and USC. Williams is out of Mobile, Ala. He says he has been talking a good deal to Ole Miss coaches of late.
First, let's talk about the skill set of Williams and then look at his options.
He has good size combined with good speed. He doesn't have pure outside linebacker or safety speed, but he displays good mobility, agility and he can fill the gap and play strong at the line of scrimmage.
Williams is definitely a very physical player that can take on a lead blocker, "two-gap" the blocker and then rip off and make a play in the lane. He also possesses good instincts and has the quickness to scrape over and fill the running lane as well. I wouldn't consider him a a sideline-to-sideline defender though.
Ideally, he'll fit best as a middle linebacker at the college level, especially if he does put on a bit more mass in his senior high school season. He could fit in the 4-3, 3-4 or even the 4-2-5 scheme.
With that in mind, the next place to look for a fit would be the depth chart.
Alabama, per usual, is looking pretty good at linebacker, especially considering that Nick Saban signed last year's No. 1 inside linebacker Reuben Foster. Alabama also landed 5-star outside linebacker Jonathan Allen and 3-star inside linebacker Walker Jones. 'Bama is known for its great depth and "next-man-up" philosophy, but in regards to playing time, Williams may have some better options.
Florida is an interesting choice because of Will Muschamp's defensive potential in the next few years. If there's a team that looks poised to compete with Alabama that's not named LSU, Ohio State, Georgia or (gasp) Texas A&M, it is the Gators. Florida's defense is going to be very talented and will feature some young stars, including outside linebackers Alex Anzalone and Daniel McMillian. Williams could find some time at inside linebacker sooner than later at Florida, and the Gators can offer him legitimate national title hopes.
Finally, there's USC, Ole Miss and Auburn, and their fit will be best determined by the 2013 season.
Auburn has great potential, especially defensively, and if Carl Lawson and Montravius Adams come in and immediately help turn around Auburn's defense, the chance to play linebacker behind that defensive line could make the Tigers a very attractive option.
For USC, their recruiting draw is in limbo right now and a lot of it will be determined by whether or not Lane Kiffin can right the ship in 2013. If USC can get back on track, Williams would be looking at a very friendly depth chart, with Lamar Dawson in his senior year in 2014.
Ole Miss' draw will be predicated on their on-field success in 2014. Hugh Freeze went out and put together a stellar 2013 class featuring No. 1 overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche. If Nkemdiche can make a big impact on that defense and Ole Miss can win some big games, the hype will continue and Ole Miss could be a major option for Williams.
For now, I like what Florida has to offer the best for Williams, but Auburn, USC and Ole Miss can really shake things up with with an impressive year on the field in 2013.