Tre' Williams recruit scouting report: Thumper at linebacker

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Williams is a five-star inside linebacker from Alabama.

One of the top inside linebackers in the 2014 class hails from Alabama. Tre' Williams is a consensus five-star recruit, and not surprisingly, he holds scholarship offers from both Auburn and the Crimson Tide. Williams also holds offers from plenty of big-time out-of-state programs, including Florida State, LSU, Clemson, USC, Florida and South Carolina.

Williams, who is 6'3 and weighs 237 pounds, played for St. Paul's Episcopal in Mobile, where his production earned him a slot in the 2014 Under Armour All-American Game. He finished the 2013 season with 119 tackles and forced a pair of fumbles.

Scout, Rivals and 247Sports are all essentially in agreement about where Williams ranks in the class: Scout has him at No. 33 overall and No. 2 at his position, Rivals has him at No. 23 and No. 2, and 247Sports ranks him 22nd and first. ESPN has him a bit lower at No. 69 overall and fourth among ILBs.

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Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: Williams is one of the best linebackers in the country. As with most elite prospects, his combination of size and athleticism set him apart. Williams is big for a high school linebacker at 235 pounds, and he can probably play at closer to 250 in time.

Williams is a thumper. He delivers the blow and punishes ball carriers. He also takes pretty good routes to the football, something I look for in inside linebackers. He attacks blocks well and is easily able to defeat them with his physicality.

I do have some questions about Williams' agility. I do not consider him an excellent pass-coverage linebacker, though he could be OK in short zones. And while he is productive, he does not seem to have the best instincts.

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