Auburn added a crucial in-state prospect to its 2015 recruiting haul Wednesday, claiming a commitment from 4-star linebacker Darrell Williams.
The Hoover High School (Birmingham, Alabama) standout shared his decision on Twitter:
Earlier this week, Williams told AL.com reporter Jeff Sentell he was focused on a "top tier" of programs that consisted of Auburn, Alabama and Oklahoma. Mississippi State and Florida State were also teams of interest, though a step below his top three.
Williams also mentioned the Crimson Tide offer came with a caveat.
The status of his scholarship from Nick Saban was "contingent on him coming to their elite summer camp in June and performing well among other top-rated national linebackers," according to AL.com.
Instead, Williams was content to cap off his recruitment with a commitment to the Tigers, where there are apparently no strings attached to his scholarship offer.
He is the 13th member of a 2015 Auburn Class that ranks No. 3 nationally in 247Sports' composite team rankings, trailing only Alabama and Penn State.
Head coach Gus Malzahn extended an offer to Williams in December, shortly after the disruptive defender helped Hoover earn the national public school championship title. He tallied 61 tackles as a junior, including 13 for a loss.
Williams is rated No. 16 nationally among outside linebackers in 247Sports' composite rankings, listed at No. 6 overall in Alabama. The Tigers picked up athlete Kerryon Johnson—rated No. 2 in the state—last month.
Auburn adds to a 2015 linebacker haul that also includes Montavious Atkinson, a 3-star inside linebacker from Georgia. Expect the Tigers to continue targeting prospects at the position, specifically Josh Smith (Murfreesboro, Tennessee), Jeffery Holland (Jacksonville, Florida) and Roquan Smith (Montezuma, Georgia).
Recruit information courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise noted.