Ryan Williams to Auburn? Expert picks are trending towards the Tigers

Five-star wide receiver Ryan Williams backed off his pledge to Alabama on Wednesday following the stunning announcement of Nick Saban’s retirement.

The news of Williams’ de-commitment could be a great sign for the Auburn Tigers, who want to complete the “The Freeze Five” puzzle and may have a shot to reel in the missing piece.

Williams announced in December that he would visit Auburn during the weekend of Feb. 3. Does Auburn have a shot to land his commitment? Two experts from 247Sports have recently submitted crystal ball predictions favoring Auburn.

Josh Edwards of CatPause and national recruiting expert Bud Elliot both predict that the Tigers will land Williams with 6-out-of-10 confidence.

Williams re-classified to the 2024 class in December and will announce his college plans on Feb. 7, which begins the spring signing window. He was set to officially visit Alabama on Feb. 20, but it is unclear if he still plans to take the trip to Tuscaloosa. He will also visit Texas on Jan. 27.

Williams, a wide receiver from Saraland High School in metro Mobile, is the No. 12 overall recruit for the 2024 cycle according to 247Sports, and is the No. 4 overall wide receiver for the class. He is the No. 2 recruit from the state of Alabama, trailing only Auburn signee Cam Coleman for the top spot.

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