Alaric Williams is one of those names that you may have glossed over when glancing at the commitment list for the Tigers over the last year and a half. He’s been in the class practically since the beginning. He’s listed as an “Athlete.” So, not many have a real understanding of his place in this class.
His place is as a dynamic running back. He has the hands of a slot receiver and the power of an inside runner. He’s everything Chip Lindsey loves in a running back. He’s the next Kerryon Johnson, essentially.
Now, he’s officially a part of the team. Williams stayed pretty solid to Auburn throughout the process. He did make some unofficial visits to other schools and even officially visited Nebraska, but he stayed true to his initial pledge. Here’s what we said about him back when he first committed.
The bad news is that Williams reportedly has some work to do in the classroom. Auburn has confidence in him to do it, or else he would not have been sent an LOI to sign and return. Auburn under Gus Malzahn doesn’t like to do the whole “sign and place” thing, so they’d rather not sign a guy if he’s going the JUCO route.
If he does make it to the Plains this summer/fall, then don’t expect him to see the field in 2017. I suspect he will redshirt given the stable of backs returning for Auburn this year. There will be the Kams (Pettway and Martin), Kerryon Johnson, and Malik Miller.
He is definitely the type of player at 6’0, 195 lbs who can carry on the tradition of great Auburn running backs. Welcome to the Plains, Alaric! War Eagle!