D’haquille Williams (6-foot-3, 213-pounds) has been committed to Auburn since July 21, but whether or not that was a solid commitment was in question after LSU, the school he originally committed to, crept back into the picture.
The nation’s No. 1 ranked junior college player and five-star wide receiver recruit out of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is going to make his final decision on Wednesday. Asked by Auburn Undercover if he knew which school he would pick, Williams said, “I don’t know.”
Although Williams isn’t publicly declaring which school he is planning on picking between the two SEC West programs, it would be a stunning development if he didn’t remain committed to Auburn.
The reason why he will pick Auburn on Wednesday is twofold. First, Auburn is recruiting him harder than LSU and they need him more than LSU. Despite originally hailing from Reserve, LA and starring for East St. John High School, Williams is no longer a priority for LSU.
The Bayou Bengals already have a commitment from in-state receiver Trey Quinn who is the all-time prep receiving yards leader and is expected to receive commitments from the No. 1 and No. 3 receivers in 247Sports composite rankings and in-state stars Speedy Noil and Malachi Dupre.
Auburn has had tremendous success running the ball this season with Heisman finalist Tre Mason and company running at will on the opposition, but the skills Williams bring to the field have been the missing element for this year’s team. Sammie Coates has been a big-play threat for quarterback Nick Marshall, but Williams is the total package at receiver capable of being the latest junior college transfer to achieve instant stardom on The Plains.
Gus Malzahn will have a shiny new toy to play with next year when the Auburn offense is expected to be much more balanced in Marshall’s second year behind center with Mason potentially declaring early for the NFL Draft.
Williams is expected to honor his commitment and sign with Auburn on Wednesday, and I fully expect him to be an All-American in 2014 before bolting for the NFL Draft where he could be the first receiver taken.
Williams should provide the biggest impact of any recruit in this class, and that very well could result in Auburn making another trip to the national title game.
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