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Tigers land 4-star DE Williams

In the world of recruiting, there is a simple saying: Follow the visits.

Four-star DE Andrew Williams officially visited Auburn in January.

Since last summer, 4-star defensive end Andrew Williams of Mcdonough (Ga.) Eagle's Landing Christian Academy has been to Auburn five times.

That proved to be telling.

On Wednesday, the coveted 6-feet-4, 255-pound prospect chose Auburn over Clemson and Georgia.

Williams, the No. 231 overall prospect in the 247Composite, is another significant defensive pickup for the Tigers, who have done exceptionally well on that side of the ball in this cycle.

Williams becomes the 23rd member of the Auburn class.

"Everything was right for me," Williams said.

Defensive line coach Rodney Garner was his primary Auburn recruiter, but head coach Gus Malzahn and defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson also were active in his recruitment. Johnson once coached Williams' current head coach at ELCA back in college.

Another factor working in Auburn's favor: Williams is friends with some Tiger players, notably defensive linemen Montravius Adams and Carl Lawson.

Auburn "will help me best develop as a man, and as a player," Williams said. "I just felt it was the best fit for me."

Williams, an Offense-Defense Bowl All-American, officially visited Auburn on Jan. 17-19. Afterward, he said the trip would be difficult to top.

But a week later, he said his Clemson visit matched that one.

Last week, Georgia, and new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, made a surge and got Williams to officially visit.

Ultimately, though, Auburn's longstanding relationship with Williams paid off.

The next time Williams visits the Plains, he will do so as an Auburn signee.

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