Top247 linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams (Ellenwood, Ga./Cedar Grove) made a much-anticipated commitment to South Carolina on Monday, picking the Gamecocks over Alabama.
Four-star linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams has committed to South Carolina.
"They have been recruiting me the hardest and the longest," Allen-Williams said. "I went to the Georgia game and it was a great atmosphere. When I sit at home and listen to that Welcome to Williams-Brice intro, I get chills."
Allen-Williams phoned his South Carolina recruiter, defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward and informed him of his decision.
"I tried to call [Ward] but he didn't pick up," Allen-Williams said. "My mom called and talked to him when I was at baseball practice. Everything goes through her. She was comfortable with South Carolina. But he already knew I was going to commit. I talked to him after practice. He said the whole staff was excited about my commitment."
"I was comfortable with my decision throughout the day," he added.
Allen-Williams, a U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection, also held offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee, Southern California, UCLA, Clemson and a host of others.
"Coach (Steve) Spurrier was the first person to call me this morning," Allen-Williams said. "He said I was a key factor to the 2014 class."
The 6-foot-2, 214-pounder plays defensive end for Cedar Grove, but has impressed in space working out at linebacker in numerous camps this spring and will play that position at South Carolina.
Allen-Williams is the nation's No. 183 overall prospect, the No. 18 outside linebacker prospect and the No. 19 overall prospect in the state of Georgia according to the recruiting industry-generated 247Composite rankings.
Allen-Williams is the first commitment for Ward this cycle and the Gamecocks' second verbal commitment.