Class-transforming Auburn football flip not on table for National Signing Day

2023 Mr. Football Saraland   s Ryan Williams is congratulated during the Alabama Sports Writers
2023 Mr. Football Saraland s Ryan Williams is congratulated during the Alabama Sports Writers / Jake Crandall/ Advertiser / USA TODAY

Hugh Freeze has made a name for himself on the Plains through key Auburn football recruiting flips, but 2024 National Signing Day won't be seeing one of those. Instead, as Mike Farrell Sports' Cory Lemer notes, Ryan Williams will solidify his Crimson Tide commitment with two of his future Alabama teammates.

"With Williams slated to sign with his college of choice tomorrow, who will land him? I believe the Tide has this one locked up," Lemer wrote. "Texas A&M, LSU, and Alabama received visits before he recommitted to the Tide, and following his Auburn visit, he moved his signing day up from Friday to Wednesday. Noah Carter and Quinton Reese, who are two Alabama commits, are expected to sign tomorrow, with his date being moved up, it looks like he will join his future teammates. I expect the Tide to land the touted WR as they begin this new era."

Despite not landing Williams, Auburn will roll into the 2024 season stocked with receiving talent via the Freeze Four: Cam Coleman, Perry Thompson, Bryce Cain, and Malcolm Simmons. A Freeze Five would've been nice, but there's only so many targets to around. Williams has a better chance to stand out in a less-heralded Alabama receiving corps.

Ryan Williams strung Auburn football along to become saving grace for Kalen DeBoer

Williams de-committing upon Nick Saban's retirement had the hopes of Tiger fans everywhere through the roof, but alas, Alabama was able to save its 2024 recruiting class from losing the only two-time Alabama Mr. Football winner ever

Kalen DeBoer's explosive offense from Washington, which may or may not be bringing Ryan Grubb with the Seattle Seahawks on the hunt for the ex-UW/current Alabama offensive coordinator, sold Williams on staying.

In the modern era of college football, though, DeBoer's work may not be done just yet.