The college recruiting process is an incredibly special time for young athletes. For many, it’s the first time they’re being exposed to a college atmosphere, and I still look back on my official visits with extremely fond memories.
Still, the stunt pulled by 5-star recruit Preston Williams might have changed the recruiting game forever.
Williams — who has already committed to the University of Tennessee — took an official visit to Auburn this past weekend, but was asked to leave early, reports Saturday Down South. Auburn claims that Williams was “being a distraction” and “disrupting the weekend” for other players, but what really happened is so much more awesome.
For starters, Williams showed up at Auburn fully decked out in Volunteer gear. Additionally, he spent the entirety of his time actively recruiting players to join him at Tennessee. I repeat… this kid showed up to a recruiting visit at one school AND TOLD THE OTHER RECRUITS THAT THEY SHOULD GO TO THE CONFERENCE RIVAL.
Big time players make big time plays.
As a lifelong Georgia fan, I never thought I’d be complimenting a Tennessee wide receiver, but this kid is definitely going places, and needless to say, Vols fans already love this guy.
Preston Williams showed up to Auburn visit decked out in orange and was recruiting players to come to Tennessee. New favorite player.
— Jones' Flat Top (@JonesFlatTop) January 27, 2015
Preston Williams is a legend. Embodiment of VFL.
— Seth Hughes (@THESethHughes) January 27, 2015
— Teran Johnson (@TeranJ_VLZ) January 26, 2015
Preston Williams made Vol fans proud during his visit to Auburn.
— Jayson Swain (@SwainEvent) January 27, 2015
Some have been critical of Williams stunt, saying that it was not only disrespectful to Auburn but also inconsiderate of other potential recruits. I understand where these folks are coming from, so I’ll keep my response brief.
This is the SEC, and we take our football very seriously.
P.S. — Dawgs on top, baby.