Ashley Williams has de-committed from Nebraska, making the announcement on Sunday after a weekend visit to Auburn.
“I would like to thank the University of Nebraska, Coach Scott Frostand Coach Mickey Joseph for your time and effort during the recruitment process,” he wrote in a social media post. “In light of recent events and lapse in communication, my family and I think it’s best that I decommit and refocus at this time. I want to express my gratitude for every opportunity and give a special shout out to Nebraska fans and Coach Joseph for his relentless efforts.”
The edge defender from Zachary, Louisiana, had committed to the Huskers three Sundays ago, but there was some uncertainty about where things stood as Williams took a visit to the Auburn program this weekend.
“Really Coach Mickey played a big role, Coach Chinander as well,” Williams told Husker247 after pledging to Nebraska, appreciating that the Huskers and Minnesota had been among the first schools to offer him before other opportunities piled up. “The majority of the staff, they all loved me, and they showed it, I’d say.”
However, there seemed to be signs of a change coming when Williams took an Auburn visit, and this weekend he told the 247Sports site, Auburn Undercover, “Auburn is one of the only schools that’s still talking to me after my commitment (to Nebraska). That means a lot. Auburn is still in my heart.”
Williams had 89 tackles, including 22 for losses and 14 sacks in the 2021 season, with his recruiting stock quickly growing in the months that followed.
His decision now puts the Huskers at 13 commitments in the 2023 class.