Interest picks up in 2014 LB

MOBILE, Ala. -- Wide receivers better be careful coming over the middle against St. Paul’s Episcopal School this year because linebacker Tre Williams is likely to level you.

In Friday’s spring game against a team out of Mississippi, one receiver made the mistake of trying to catch a ball over the middle. Williams found him and laid out the smaller player as soon as he made contact with the football.

“Coach said he hadn’t seen me hit all spring, so I had to give him something,” Williams said. “I had to get a good hit in.”

Hitting comes naturally to the 6-foot-2, 217-pound Williams. It’s part of what makes him one of the top rising juniors in the state, if not the whole country.

The Mobile native has added offers from LSU, Ole Miss and USC this spring to go along with the offers he already had from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State and Kentucky. The Southern Cal offer surprised him a little.

“It’s great to know people hours away know about me. It feels great.”

Assistant coaches from both Alabama and Florida State were on the sideline for Friday’s spring game. For the Tide, defensive backs coach Jeremy Pruitt made the trip, and Williams made sure it was worth his while.

“It means a lot,” Williams said. “He told me he was coming, and you know I had to prepare for that. I had to put on a show for him, and I was just ready to play. I was ready to get back on this field and play hard.”

Williams visited both Alabama and Auburn this spring for a practice, and he plans to return to Tuscaloosa the first week of June for the Tide’s summer camp. It will be his second year in a row competing at the camp.

“I feel good to go back at a different size, different weight, to see where I stand at according to the other competitors,” Williams said.

“Last year, I wasn’t as big as I am now, and I was actually looking up towards the seniors to see how they did and what Alabama sees in them to see what I needed to do to get that recognition.”

It’s safe to say he’s received that recognition now.