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Four-star recruit considers flipping from Auburn to Alabama

Darrell Williams

Darrell Williams‘ commitment to the Auburn Tigers is what is commonly referred to as a soft verbal.

Williams originally committed to Auburn May 7. It hasn’t slowed Alabama or Oklahoma’s interest in the four-star linebacker. And Williams is smart enough to keep all of his options available.

“Auburn is the school I’m committed to, but at the same time, at the end of the day, people change their minds,” Williams told’s Wesley Sinor. “You just have to go with the flow. Everything happens for a reason. If I were to go to Auburn, then that’s the place for me. If I were to go to Alabama or Oklahoma, then that would be the place for me.

“Alabama is coming hard and Auburn is talking to me and keeping up the relationship. Oklahoma is trying really hard, but it’s hard because they’re so far away. I like their defense and the way they play, so it’s nothing against them. If I’m holding back a bit (from Oklahoma) it’s because of the two in-state schools.”

Williams grew up an Alabama fan, which could eventually cause him to flip his commitment.

“I talk to Coach (Mario) Cristobal probably the most, and Coach (Kirby) Smart,” he said. “Every now and then they get me on the phone with Coach (Nick) Saban. They want me to come there, obviously. Coach Smart knows how recruiting is, he tells me I have to go where I want to go.”

If Oklahoma wasn’t so far away from his home in Hoover, Ala., the Sooners might actually be the obvious choice for Williams. Both the Tigers and Crimson Tide have three commitments from linebackers. The Sooners don’t have any linebackers verbally committed to their 2015 class, and Williams said he likes their defense.

Williams also has scholarship offers from the Cincinnati Bearcats, Florida State Seminoles, Mississippi State Bulldogs and Tennessee Volunteers.

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20 Responses to “Four-star recruit considers flipping from Auburn to Alabama”
  1. mauldawg says: Aug 23, 2014 9:35 PM

    NS is a snake in the grass.

  2. irishdodger says: Aug 23, 2014 10:33 PM

    He, along w/ most recruits, should probably look up the definition of “commitment”. I’m guessing his parent(s) aren’t capable of that kind of parenting. All in all, he’s just another brick in the wall.

  3. lolnfl says: Aug 23, 2014 11:21 PM

    this is news?

  4. rolltide510 says: Aug 24, 2014 12:20 AM

    I’m sure Notre Dame has never, ever flipped a commit, right?

    Well, come to think of it, maybe they haven’t – its not like they know how to win there anymore.

  5. irishdodger says: Aug 24, 2014 1:09 AM

    Hey Mr Insecurity…err Rolltide…I’m not bagging on the teams doing the flipping. It’s the kids that eagerly commit to a team and then insist on continuing to listen to suitors before finally flipping. I don’t blame the teams one bit…EVERY team does it. But these kids want to bask in the spotlight and keep the drama going for the sake of attention. If they are still kids, then the parent(s) need to step up and set some boundaries and set an example. Now go back to be being on hold for Monday’s Finebaum show Bammer.

  6. bigedefense says: Aug 24, 2014 2:58 AM

    Hey rolltide512!

    What is bama’s all time record against ND? How many victories can Bear Bryant claim against ND? Let me help you out. Alabama is 2 and 4 against Notre Dame.

    What about tha Bear?? Want to guess? Let me give you a hint. According to a biography on Paul “Bear” Bryant, he stated that he wanted the following statement put on his tombstone. “I just couldn’t beat that Notre Dame team!” The Bear was 0 & 4 against the IRISH.
    So, before you get all wrapped up in Alabama’s recent success, I would like to remind you that college football is cyclical. Dynasties do not last. Ask Southern Cal. Now granted, ND has been down for several years, they are, IMO, climbing back. Do you not remember lord Saban’s early years? Lots of bama fans wanted him fired after Louisiana Monroe beat them. Then there was the loss to Utah. Alabama was a middle of the road team before that & Saban had to have time to get his “process” rolling. All it takes is one year of 5 stars to be epic flops & many bama fans will be calling for Saban to be fired.

    Now, as you can probably tell, I am a Notre Dame fan. However, I am a bigger fan of college football itself.

    So rolltide510, enjoy bama’s ride while it lasts. It’s a guarantee that it will end. Are you one of those fans that will be pulling for the next “dynasty” or will you be chanting roll dam tide when they struggle to be over .500? I personally pulled for ND thru the Faust experiment & willing ham debacle. Have a Blessed day.

  7. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 24, 2014 6:04 AM

    Notre Dame fan when you are relevant call me

  8. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 24, 2014 6:25 AM

    2 good options to have Auburn or Bama.

  9. baconrules1 says: Aug 24, 2014 6:56 AM

    As long as nd has that greaseball Kelly as their coach, they won’t win anything. Still can’t believe they hired him.

  10. greyhoundirish says: Aug 24, 2014 7:33 AM

    Baconrules1: How’s the weather in Cincinnati?

  11. polegojim says: Aug 24, 2014 9:55 AM

    Go with the flow??? What does that even mean in this situation??? What flow???

    At this point in the decision game, not sure I’d be chasing a kid to still can’t decide where ‘the place for me’ is! Sounds pretty flakey.

    Make a decision, then man up and stick with it.

  12. dcroz says: Aug 24, 2014 10:05 AM


    Actually, Alabama is 2-5 all-time against Notre Dame, so you have one more win than you gave yourselves credit for.

    On the other hand…how did that last meeting go again?

  13. liverpoolred04 says: Aug 24, 2014 1:04 PM

    Money talks….and Dodge Chargers….and paying off mortgages….and free suits….

  14. bama75 says: Aug 24, 2014 2:55 PM

    Ok so we have what I ASSUME to be adults on here going at it over a KIDS choice to go to school. So the kids change their mind and it falls back on parenting. Then it follows with chargers, suits and money.
    In my response as an Alabama fan I can’t believe that anyone that is a college football fan can believe that ANY head coach in college football is nothing more than a snake or salesman or an expensive used care salesman including Nick Saban when it comes to recruiting.
    Tell the head coaches to stop putting pressure on 17 and 18 year old kids to make decisions before they are ready, but then again it’s the crazy fans that have created this beast so we must now live with it. If there any fans that believe that your programs are lily white and completely innocent on get players in a less than ethical way you need to wake up or get help bc you are delusional.
    If anyone bashes the sec over this look in the mirror. If an academic scandal can happen at Notre Dame it can happen anywhere!

  15. dhardy8207 says: Aug 24, 2014 4:51 PM

    liverpoolred04 says:Aug 24, 2014 1:04 PM

    Money talks….and Dodge Chargers….and paying off mortgages….and free suits….


    Hey since you’re taking an account lets not forget the $180,000.00 plus payday for Scam Newton and his pappy’s renovation to his church… Or Milton McGregor’s open door policy to AU players and coaches in his casino/dog track gambling facilities…

    Not a bright idea to throw stones while standing in a glass house.

  16. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 24, 2014 4:57 PM

    Until national signing day in football is over, EVERY recruit is open to change their minds and their verbal commitments.

    Hypothetically, let’s say that a world renown university in northwest Indiana is uncovered to have a major drug bust involving coaches and players right before signing day. Any recruit that had verbally committed to said world renown university, could sign with another school,no?

    Even when recruits sign, they change their minds. How else would you have this blog replete with reports on kids moving to other schools? Recruiting is an inexact science at best.

    All a coach and his staff can do is recruit kids that fit their programs, have a top notch
    compliance department, hope the kids stay off social media, and pray that kids make
    good decisions with regards to their peers and social scenes.


  17. metalhead65 says: Aug 25, 2014 10:45 AM

    If I am the coach of auburn I tell the kid you are either coming or you are not and move on. you already visited and talked to them and committed what more can they tell you? it is all about the ego for these kids who are told they are the best thing ever since they started playing. he may be good but good enough to hold a program hostage? is he going to have the best chance to play right away at auburn or bama? he does realize bama is 3 deep at every position right? that they will be recruiting another 4 star next year for his position right?

  18. wadaea says: Aug 27, 2014 2:24 PM

    Its always funny to here bama fans talk about Cam Newton and his situation..all you have to do is google Alabam players getting paid and you come up with more then enough stories like this:

    Bama Player Mom admits to getting paid

    breaking news on

    Domonic Lee’s mom said she got over $250,000 for steering her son to play for Alabama


    A Birmingham woman told a judge Thursday that officials at Barber Dairy Co. allowed her to use a company credit card in exchange for steering her son to play football at the University of Alabama.

    He is also cousins with Andre Smith and his signing played a big role with Andre signing with Alabama.

    Looks like Cam was a bargain now!!!

  19. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 27, 2014 9:04 PM


    In your zeal to try to implicate Alabama on a “breaking news” story from,
    maybe a little READING comprehension would be needed on your part.

    I may be a proud Alabama grad, but a news story from August, 2009 isn’t “breaking news”, it’s history.

    Why not read it and see how Dominic Lee’s mother was convicted on fraud charges for unauthorized credit card use to the tune of $256,000.00. Her pathetic attempts to deflect the conviction even appalled her OWN lawyer.

    Two cogent points,

    (1.) Why would her employer even file charges against the mother if they were using a credit card as a slush fund to pay recruits? Think about it before you answer ( I know that is hard with your limited mental capabilities). Credit
    card use crosses state lines, making it a FEDERAL case. You think the IRS would
    not have been all over this in auditing the company’s business expenses. After
    all, if they are paying players, where are the appropriate 1099c filings for each

    Answer, never happened because NO recruit is worth destroying a business over.

    (2.) Since the trial was in August, 2009, where is the NCAA investigation on the
    University, the firm, and Dominic Lee? Where are the news articles from the internet, SI, the NY Times on Alabama’s involvement? What? No articles or investigations or results or suspensions or probations to report?

    Next time you try to have “breaking news”, try to be relevant, say one or two
    days, not five years.


  20. fasdfasdfdggf says: Aug 27, 2014 11:32 PM

    Alabama will not recruit a guy if he says for them to stop. Sounds like he hasn’t done so.

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