Two days after winning linebacker MVP and earning an invite to The Opening, ESPN Watch List prospect Bryson Allen-Williams (Ellenwood, Ga./Cedar Grove), made a commitment.
His mother, Darnisha Allen-Jackson, confirmed the news to ESPN.
“Bryson has officially committed to South Carolina,” Allen-Jackson said. “It is finally over. I hope and pray that the coaches kind of back off a little bit.”
With the spring evaluation period starting on Monday, Allen-Williams and his family decided it was time to go ahead and give the Ole Ball Coach some good news.
“He woke up this morning and talked to Coach [Steve] Spurrier,” Allen-Jackson said. “It was the first day of the contact period and he just felt like today was a good day to commit to be a Gamecock.”
With recruiting often continuing after verbal commitments are made, Allen-Jackson wanted to make sure her son was sure with his choice.
“I did ask him four or five times in different ways, ‘Are you sure? Are you positive? Is this what you really want to do?’ and he said, ‘Mom, I am ready to go,’” Allen-Jackson said. “I think he is a peace with his decision. He seems to be happy. He knew what he wanted and he likes the opportunity he is going to have with the Gamecocks and the Gamecock nation.”
Allen-Williams iterated the same after competing at the Atlanta NFTC Saturday.
“It feels like a family at South Carolina,” Allen-Williams said. “They made me a priority for them. I am ready to help recruit other good players,” Allen-Williams said. “Hopefully I can help bring in guys like Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) and Cortez McDowell (Locust Grove, Ga./Locust Grove).”
South Carolina got involved with Allen-Williams very early and the coaching staff was able to develop a connection with the talented linebacker before many other schools had offered. But his mother says the Gamecocks gained the advantage by doing more than just getting there first.
“It was not about who offered first or when another school offered,” Allen-Jackson said. “It was about the relationship he had with Coach (Lorenzo) Ward and what they wanted to do with him on the field.”
Allen-Williams chose the Gamecocks over Alabama and Georgia among dozens of other offers. He has been very productive over the last two years, racking up 163 tackles, 35 tackles for loss, 18 sacks, one interception, three fumbles forced and three fumbles caused during his junior and sophomore seasons. His versatility will be put to use in Columbia, S.C.
“They plan to use me as a will linebacker on first and second downs playing in space and downhill versus the run and off the edge on third down,” Allen-Williams said.
Now the attention will turn to the younger brother of Allen-Williams, 2016 lineman Antwuan Jackson Jr., and whether the two will play together for the Gamecocks.
“For Antwuan, he is a freshman and has a ways to go,” Allen-Jackson said. “I have heard them talk about playing together but that does not mean Antwuan is committing anytime soon. But maybe when I go home and talk to my husband about it, that might change too. But as of right now, they are just getting Bryson.”
Allen-Williams joins inside linebacker Joe Blue (Dillon, S.C./Dillon) to give South Carolina two commitments for the 2014 class.
DawgNation reporter Radi Nabulsi contributed to this report.