Central-Phenix City receiver E.J. Williams has Auburn as one of the seven colleges he’s still considering. On Saturday, the Tigers got a chance to show the rising senior what they have to offer.
Williams was one of several recruits to attend Auburn’s Big Cat Weekend on Saturday. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Williams is a highly sought-after player, and he came away impressed by the experience Auburn provided.
“I've never done a Big Cat Weekend before, but this was probably one of the most fun visits I've had in a minute. We just really got to let loose and have fun around the whole entire Auburn campus,” Williams said. “We did a scavenger hunt basically about Auburn history and things like that. Then we came back and did Family Feud, and that was a lot of fun. We had karaoke right after that, and then we had a dance battle.
“I did everything. I had a lot of fun out here.”
Williams, who 247Sports’ composite ranking has as Alabama’s third-best prospect in the Class of 2020, had a breakout year for the Red Devils in 2018. Williams had 40 receptions for 668 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior and came up big in the state championship game against Thompson, reeling in a 24-yard touchdown in the third quarter of the Red Devils’ 52-7 victory.
Auburn finds itself in the mix for Williams, who also listed Florida, Clemson, Alabama, Tennessee, LSU and Oklahoma as his top choices. Williams pointed to Auburn’s family atmosphere as a big draw, adding that he has a relationship with every Tigers coach that was out at Big Cat Weekend.
Williams also has a relationship with Auburn’s newest commit, Central offensive lineman Javion Cohen. While Williams is still making up his mind, Cohen made it clear he’ll be trying to influence Williams’ final decision.
“I'm in his ear all the time, 24/7. I promise you I'm in EJ's ear and in his face every day,” Cohen said. “He's going to hear 'War Eagle' every time I walk in the locker room, I promise you.”
Williams explained his recruitment is getting harder as he gets closer to Aug. 24, the day he plans to commit. He’s learned how to handle the attention throughout the spring and now summer, an offseason during which he has focused on maintaining his weight and sharpening his route-running.
For Williams, one of the key factors he is looking for is a school that genuinely wants him to be there.
“I just really want to see teams really come after me. You've got to show that you really want me,” Williams said. “It's not just that I'm being cocky or anything like that. I just don't want to go nowhere I'm not wanted. I want to at least get a chance to compete for a starting spot as a freshman.”
Williams has an official visit to LSU scheduled for June 7 and an official visit to Auburn planned for later this month. When asked about the upcoming Auburn visit, Williams explained he doesn’t need to see anything new from the coaches.
“Auburn showed me everything that I need to see,” Williams said. “There's not one bad thing I can say about Auburn.”