Four-star outside linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams has committed to South Carolina, and he represents a big out-of-state commitment for the Gamecocks.
Allen-Williams is from Ellenwood, Georgia and he's ranked as the No. 19 player from the state according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Georgia is known for churning out some of the most talented recruits in the nation on a yearly basis, so being No. 19 from that state says a whole lot about Allen-Williams' skill-set and potential.
Without a doubt, South Carolina is getting a talented recruit.
Kipp Adams of ESPN.com reports on the commitment:
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.”
Allen-Williams' mother certainly sounds relieved that he's made a commitment, and Gamecocks fans should be feeling the same way. He's going to end up being one of the better commitment for South Carolina in 2014, so this should be excited, and relieving news. He has a ton of offers, but most notably he chose South Carolina over Alabama and Georgia, per Adam's report.
South Carolina now has two players committed for 2014, both being linebackers. Allen-Williams joins 3-star inside linebacker Joe Blue, so at the very least the future of the linebacker corp looks pretty bright.
Allen-Williams has good size at 6'2'', 214 pounds and he's ranked as the No. 18 outside linebacker in the nation, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He's a versatile linebacker with great speed and athleticism. He's agile enough to make a play in open space and he can set the edge as a spill defender. He can also run the lane and be discipline as a pursuit player, so he should be very effective as an outside linebacker.
He can also put his hand in the ground and play from the defensive end position, but at only 214 pounds, chances are we won't see him on the defensive line at the college level. That said, he does have the strength and explosion to get into the chest plate of a blocker and drive the line back, so at the very least, he has the skill set to play strong against bigger, stronger offensive players. For this reason, he projects to be good against the run.
Allen-Williams is really a complete and versatile outside linebacker recruit. He has the potential to be very good for the South Carolina Gamecocks.