Ex-Nebraska commit Ashley Williams trending to Tigers

Although Auburn currently only holds five commitments in the Class of 2023, the Tigers could add to their roster soon after a productive “Big Cat” event this weekend with several key targets making unofficial visits to the Plains. One perspective worth noting seems to be geared towards the coach Bryan Harsin and Co, as a three-star defender Ashley Williams pulled out of Nebraska on Sunday and has since garnered four Crystal Ball predictions to move from the Cornhuskers to the Tigers.

Williams, a four-star prospect according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite, committed to Nebraska on July 10, but the commitment only lasted three weeks. The Zachary (La.) standout could end up playing closer to home in the SEC and would add a high-potential player to Harsin’s 2023 class. All five of Auburn’s current commitments are rated four-star rookies according to the 247Sports Composite.

Listed at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, Williams holds additional reported Power Five offers from Minnesota, Colorado, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Missouri and Texas. Williams made 89 total tackles, including 22 for loss and 14 sacks last fall as a junior and ranks 17th among Louisiana State players as well as 34th among leading defensemen in the class. 2023.

Auburn’s class currently sits 69th nationally according to the 247Sports Composite Team Rankings. While the raw ranking is last in the SEC, Auburn’s average rookie ranking is a much more respectable sixth in the league.

Williams announced her disengagement Sunday morning via Twitter and wrote that a “lack of communication” contributed to her decision.

“I would like to thank the University of Nebraska, coach Scott Frost and trainer Mickey-Joseph for your time and effort during the recruiting process,” Williams wrote. “In light of recent events and communication issues, my family and I believe it is best to disengage and refocus at this time. I want to express my gratitude for every opportunity and a special thank you to the fans of Nebraska and Coach Joseph for his tireless efforts.”

Roc Bellantoni, Auburn’s special teams coordinator and linebackers coach, led the Tigers’ recruiting of Williams; if Williams commits, he would become the top defender of the programs in the class.

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The Tigers have three commitments so far in July after a particularly slow start on the track, and they will have a chance to generate more momentum at the start of the 2022 season with three consecutive home games to open the campaign against Mercer, San Jose State and Penn. State. This Sept. 17 game against the Nittany Lions will air on CBS as the SEC Game of the Week.

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