Bryson Allen-Williams reaffirms plan to sign with USC

jkendall@thestate.comFebruary 3, 2014 

Bryson Allen-Williams

DWAYNE MCLEMORE — dmclemore@thestate.com

— Bryson Allen-Williams has made up his mind … it seems.

The four-star linebacker at Cedar Grove High School, a South Carolina verbal commitment, was wooed the last two weeks by the home state Georgia Bulldogs, but on Monday night reaffirmed his commitment to the Gamecocks via Twitter.

“I wanna thank #dawgnation for the support these last couple of days ... but on Wednesday I will be signing with South Carolina,” Allen-Williams posted on Twitter at 9:40 p.m. Monday.

He originally committed to South Carolina in April but as recently as Monday afternoon was considering changing that after a late push by the Bulldogs, he told The State.

Allen-Williams made an official recruiting visit to Georgia’s campus this weekend and watched Sunday evening’s Super Bowl at the home of Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt along with new Georgia defensive assistant coaches Jeremy Pruitt and Tracy Rocker.

“They were on me the whole time,” Allen-Williams said.

Allen-Williams, who has seen his recruiting stock rise since a standout performance at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January, talked to South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier by phone on his way to Richt’s house and spoke to Gamecocks defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward by phone on his way home Sunday night and again Monday morning before going to school, he said.

“They are keeping a close eye on me,” Allen-Williams said Monday afternoon. “Coach Ward and Coach Spurrier, both of them have been constantly calling me, keeping my faith toward South Carolina. It’s a hard decision, so many great schools coming at you. South Carolina is an amazing school, but Bama and Georgia they are really putting a lot in my head.”

Wednesday is National Signing Day, the first day high school players are allowed to sign letters of intent to play college football. Allen-Williams will take part in his school event at 9 a.m. Wednesday, he said.

“Right now, I feel comfortable at South Carolina,” he said. “It’s just hard. This is a decision that will affect the rest of my life.”

Now it looks like Allen-Williams has decided to stick with his original decision.

He is ranked the No. 8 outside linebacker in the country in composite ratings compiled by 247Sports. Georgia and Alabama have stayed in touch with Allen-Williams since his April commitment to South Carolina and turned up the heat after his appearance in the U.S. Army game, Cedar Grove coach Jimmy Smith said.

“I try to tell the kids the pressure is not on them, that it’s on the school’s to get them to come there, but it doesn’t work,” Smith said. “A lot of times signing day puts a lot of pressure on them. I am trying to get (his players) to be patient, but I know Bryson is ready for it to be over with.”

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