For Bryson Allen-Williams, every scholarship offer he receives comes as a surprise.
“It’s really crazy,” said the 6-foot-3, 233-pound defensive end (Ellenwood, Ga./Cedar Grove). “It just blew up out of nowhere.”
The 2014 ESPN Watch List member received his first offers shortly before the start of his junior season and has been piling them up ever since.
Washington was one of four schools that offered Allen-Williams last week, joining Duke, Boise State and Missouri. He also has SEC offers from Florida and South Carolina.
But the offer from the Huskies stands out, because it is his first from a Pac-12 program.
“I have been receiving a lot of SEC offers, because I am from Georgia,” he said. “Just knowing that a Pac-12 school offered me, that’s crazy. Looking at Washington, I know they got beat by Oregon, but they’ve been a pretty good ball club this year.”
Allen-Williams is intrigued by the Huskies. He said he thinks it is a program that is “really starting to come into its own.” Washington is a long way from home, but if his family feels good about the school, the distance wouldn’t be an issue.
“If my mom is comfortable with me going out to the Northwest, I’ll be comfortable in the Northwest,” he said. “I love being around my family. If my mom says it’s OK to go out to the Northwest, and if she can come out and see me, then I’m OK with that.”
As he works through the recruiting process, he wants to make sure he finds the right fit academically and athletically.
“I’m not really limiting myself yet to the SEC,” Bryson-Williams said. “Wherever I feel like I have the best chance to make a living, get a good degree or possibly get to the NFL, that’s where I’m going to go.”