Five-star dreams for 2017 RB

Five-star dreams for 2017 RB

Alabama signs more than 40 FBS prospects per recruiting cycle, and the process stretches to younger and younger players each year. Believe it or not, there's already class of 2017 prospects getting noticed and one in north Alabama has the tools to become one of the state's elites.

In taking in Gadsden (Ala.) Southside High School's game on Friday, Scout was there to see junior four-star lineman Tyler Carr.

However, it was very hard not to notice freshman athlete Aleric Williams both on the hoof and once the game began. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder made plays as a running back and as a cornerback in helping the Panthers to a 45-25 victory to get to 6-0 on the season.

The class of 2017 standout rushed for 124 yards on just eight carries, making plenty of defenders miss with his speed, stride and power.

"As a running back, I feel like I can do a lot of things," he said. "I'm good at keeping my balance and getting away from defenders. I think I'm a good blocker, also. So I guess I'm kind of a balanced running back with good hands."

Williams held Arab (Ala.) High's best wide receiver without a catch while he was on him.

"At cornerback, I like being one-on-one so I can show my athleticism, but I can also tackle," he said. "I feel like in a few years I'll probably be a linebacker or something like that.

"I guess I think about that a little, I just have a lot to do this coming offseason."

As one would imagine, the two state powers already have eyes on the star frosh despite him being just six games into his high school career.

"Auburn keeps in touch with me a lot," Williams said. "I have other schools like Alabama and JSU, too, and I'm not sure about these other schools. I grew up loving Auburn, but that doesn't mean much really."

With the potential to become one of the state's top prospects in the coming years, Scout currently pegs Williams as a safety prospect. Either way, he could make a lot of noise both on the field and in recruiting if he maintains his progress.

"I think if I work my butt off, and keep my head straight, that I can be a five-star by my junior year," he said. "I have four years to improve on a lot of stuff so I feel like I can make something of myself."

As if dreams of being a five-star aren't enough, the 15-year-old is already thinking beyond high school in setting his goals.

"My goal is to make it to the top, to the pros," Williams said. "I always told my dad when I was little that I was going to make it to the NFL one day, and to make him happy. Another big goal of mine is to show it to these little kids who are watching me, on and off the field.

"I like to see kids look up to me."

It's safe to say that Scout will have much more with Williams throughout his prep career.

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