Auburn's defense will one day be led by 4-star linebacker Tre' Williams from St. Paul's Episcopal in Alabama. At 6'2" and 230 pounds, Williams is a tough defender who doesn't back down from anyone.
He shows solid ball-location skills, has a good burst to the football and is a physical tackler. Williams has the strength to challenge offensive linemen at the point attack before shedding them, plus he flashes some ability to time his blitzes well.
The future Tiger displays some of these skills on his highlight tape.
Working as the "Mike" linebacker versus a pistol formation, Williams uses the opening play of his highlight tape to show off several skills.
The first is his ability to take correct and proper angles to the football. Watch how he reads the play is going to the edges, then aims his pursuit angle outside of the box.
The next thing Williams displays is solid speed to the ball, he closes well on this play that ends with him making the tackle.
Williams' job on this play appears to be to spy on the quarterback, as he shows no acknowledgement of breaking to any receivers that are releasing. He shows good patience, which leads to him not biting on the quarterback's fake to set up the draw.
Williams' great short-area quickness helps him skate laterally to close on the ball.
Again in the middle, Williams' vision and instincts help him on this play. However, before he makes the tackle, watch the Auburn commit slip past an offensive lineman with quickness.
Some linebackers would have immediately flowed to the perimeter on this play, as it looks like an option at first glance. However, Williams' vision helps him see that the true aim of this play is a shovel pass back inside.
He makes a sound and physical wrap-tackle to end the play.
This play allows one to get a look at Williams' hand usage and ability to challenge blockers at the point of attack. He recognizes a charging offensive lineman is coming at him on the second level before pressing the block to keep himself free.
Williams really doesn't do anything spectacular on this play. However, you can see the force he can generate in short areas when he helps meet the fullback in the alley.
The mess appears to be a stalemate at first, but Williams' strength pushes it back past the line of scrimmage.
Although the crucial beginning of this play isn't shown, Williams shows off another skill.
Sure, he's a physical linebacker who can play big versus offensive linemen at the point of attack, but he weaves around a blocker on this play.
This play illustrates Williams' range, hustle and effort in pursuit.
He is lined up over the tight end on the boundary, but the running play goes to the wide side of the field. Watch Williams sift through trash and traffic across the box, keep his eyes on the ball and work to make the tackle.
Williams is featured on the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map!