Nation's #1 2014 LB Talks Playoff; Recruiting

Tre Williams

Talented linebacker prospect Tre Williams talks about his team's win over Eufaula last Friday night, going on the road, leadership, and recruiting.

Mobile, Ala.—It's supposed to be difficult to go on the road and win a playoff game, but for the St. Paul's Saints and junior linebacker Tre Williams a trip to Eufaula last Friday proved to be just the opposite. Racing out to a 26-0 halftime lead on the way to a 36-7 victory, St. Paul's showed it's going to be a team to contend with on the Road to Jordan-Hare Stadium this season in Class 5A.

"The coaches let us know last Monday that it was going to be a fun trip on Thursday," Williams tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "We were going to have fun and enjoy ourselves, but as soon as it hit three o'clock on Friday we were going to hit a zone. Surprisingly as soon as it hit three everyone was quiet and focused. We came out and played ball like I knew we were going to do."

Behind the running of senior power back Jordan Huff and a stingy defensive effort, the Saints only faced seven offensive snaps from a Eufaula team that had been playing very good offensive up to that point. Staying fresh and getting off the field is the name of the game said the 6-2, 225 Williams and that was the case Friday night as he and his defensive mates held the Tigers to just 19 first half yards.

"That's actually how it's supposed to be," Williams said. "The offense gets all the plays and the defense comes in and sweeps it up. If that happens we can have a score like that every game."

"It can't get any better," he added. "Traveling for four hours, it was a long ride but as soon as we got there we knew we were ready. We were prepared for a four quarter game. We wanted to come out and play hard. When we got up we couldn't lose focus, we just had to keep pressing."

Despite playing just 22 defensive snaps before allowing the second-team to take over, Williams still managed seven tackles for the Saints. Playing some tight end he also caught two passes, including a nine-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Williams can play sideline to sideline, but is physical enough to stop the running game.

Watching Williams before the game and on the field in the heat of the battle one thing is obvious and that is his leadership skills. Taking over the team huddle in pregame and talking to the team is something rare to see for a junior, but it's a role that Williams relishes and handles with pride.

"That's what I have to do," Williams said. "We have a lot of young guys and they look up to some of us. We also have a senior at linebacker so when he says something I feel like I have to say something. It's just a blessing to be in this position right now."

Currently with a dozen offers including Auburn, Alabama, Florida State and LSU, the number one middle linebacker in the country for the 2014 class said he's not too concerned about his recruiting at the moment and is more focused on doing the right things on and off the field while helping his team to a state title.

"It's still the same as when I was a freshman," Williams said. "I have some schools coming in now like Mississippi State also. It's just great. I'm enjoying it right now. I have 12 offers right now. It's just a blessing. God chose me and I just have to keep walking in his Word."

With Auburn's struggles on the field a major story in 2012, that is obviously something that could impact the recruiting trail down the line as the season comes to a close. While it hasn't been fun to watch and there are obvious needs for the Tigers, Williams said he understands years like this can happen and he believes they'll get things turned around.

"It really doesn't impact me," Williams said. "Every team has their bad years. They have a great recruiting class coming in. I think they'll be pretty good next year."

St. Paul's will travel again in the second round of the 5A playoffs as the Saints take on Greenville (6-5) following their upset win over Homewood last week.

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