Posted: 2:11 pm Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Allen-Williams decides to stick with South Carolina 

By Chip Towers

Bryson Allen-Williams, college recruiting, Georgia Bulldogs, SEC, college football

Bryson Allen-Williams will decide between Georgia and South Carolina. (Jonathan Phillips / Special to AJC)

UPDATE: Cedar Grove’s Bryson Allen-Williams, who waffled on his commitment to South Carolina after taking an official visit to UGA this past weekend, tweeted Monday night that he has decided to stick with the Gamecocks.

 

Following is the original story file earlier in the day Monday …

The battle is on between Georgia and South Carolina for linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams.

The 4-star linebacker from Atlanta’s Cedar Grove High School has been committed to the Gamecocks since April. But the Bulldogs have made a strong push over the last few days and apparently showed him a great time during an official visit to Athens this past weekend.

Allen-Williams told the Columbia State newspaper he watched the Super Bowl Sunday night with Georgia head coach Mark Richt and assistant coaches Jeremy Pruitt and Tracy Rocker. Allen-Williams also took an official to Alabama the previous weekend.

“It’s a hard decision, so many great schools coming at you,” Allen-Williams told the State on Monday. “South Carolina is an amazing school, but Bama and Georgia they are really putting a lot in my head. Between today and (Tuesday), I have a lot of thinking to do.”

Allen-Williams is scheduled to make his announcement Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. The Gamecocks are definitely nervous about what he’ll decide.

Allen-Williams told The State that he talked to South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier by phone on his way to Richt’s house Sunday and spoke to Gamecocks defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward by phone on his way home Sunday night and again Monday morning before school.

“They are keeping a close eye on me,” Allen-Williams said. “Coach Ward and Coach Spurrier, both of them have been constantly calling me.”

Allen-Williams told The State he’ll mostly likely he’ll sign with South Carolina but couldn’t put a percentage on the likelihood.

126 comments
Hines Ward MVP
Hines Ward MVP

WELCOME HOME would've been the words BAW could've geared for the rest of his life and for all of his family and friends that are GA born and GA bred. BAW is a supreme talent and will shine in the SEC but there's zero doubt he would've been the MAN had he picked UGA

Hines Ward MVP
Hines Ward MVP

BAW and his family gone be sick in a few years when they realized SC is huge mistake. UGA puts more NFL players out than SC could ever do...UGA wins a couple SEC titles and NATIONAL championship over these next four years. BAW could've helped lead UGA defense and created a legacy with ZO CARTER. Sad day to see BAW go to ole ball coach who could easily retire in next couple years or be forced take time away due to health issues. I just don't see what BAW could accomplish at SC. When UGA gives him a win win in every category short and long term.

Hines Ward MVP
Hines Ward MVP

BAW!!!! why would he want to leave his home state fans, home state people. BAW could've been a GA legend forever. there's absolutely zero chance I'd ever choose SC over UGA. BAW could've been apart of a legendary defense... BAW really should've listened to his gut and first instinct...it really seems like he's just trying to be a man of his word and show a lot of pride...I'd much rather BAW stay humble and make the best decision for him short term (4 yrs at UGA) and long term by allowing Pruitt and rocker to develop him into elite NFL product. If this is true BAW will go to SC and get lost in the depth chart. I feel like BAW will regret this decision 4 the remainder of his lifetime. Unless he plans on living in SC for the rest of his life. I'd much rather be a home town hero and give my entire family a UGA legacy that lasts forever. Nobody in SC will give BAW the love he could've received unconditionally at UGA

Hines Ward MVP
Hines Ward MVP

BAW!!!! why would he want to leave his home state fans, home state people. BAW could've been a GA legend forever. there's absolutely zero chance I'd ever choose SC over UGA. BAW could've been apart of a legendary defense... BAW really should've listened to his gut and first instinct...it really seems like he's just trying to be a man of his word and show a lot of pride...I'd much rather BAW stay humble and make the best decision for him short term (4 yrs at UGA) and long term by allowing Pruitt and rocker to develop him into elite NFL product. If this is true BAW will go to SC and get lost in the depth chart. I feel like BAW will regret this decision 4 the remainder of his lifetime. Unless he plans on living in SC for the rest of his life. I'd much rather be a home town hero and give my entire family a UGA legacy that lasts forever. Nobody in SC will give BAW the love he could've received unconditionally at UGA

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

I think that Williams actually would have flipped if he didn't think his mother was going to an eruption on National TV. She had her mind made up after she was insulted by bloggers that where not Georgia fans but convinced her they were. I think she was a little receptive lately after Georgia fired the entire Defensive unit and hired Pruitt but it was too late by then. 

I hope he knows that Spurrier will be 73 years old when he graduates meaning don't be surprised if before he graduates that South Carolina does have a new Head Coach. 

Good luck too him.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Snoop

You're too stupid to be a UGA alum! UGA leads the series 47-17! Eat that you chicken lover!

HotDawg
HotDawg

Isn't it always nicer to come back home a hero instead of an enemy? Choices, choices, choices.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Mr. Allen-Williams, enjoy SC. Too bad, when all is done at SC, you'll miss out on the lifetime love of the home state fans. Gotta play for a home team team to get the cheers of the home fans.

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

07:32 AM ET 02.03 | Wednesday looms, and there may be bad news in store for Georgia, beginning with safety Kendall Gant. The big one UGA fans are worried about is defensive tackle Lamont Gaillard of Fayetteville, N.C. He's a priority for the Bulldogs, with Mark Richt making an in-home visit last week in an attempt to secure the situation. When Gaillard decided to take a last-minute trip to Miami this weekend, many Bulldogs fans simply dismissed it as the kid wanting to have fun. However, it got serious when Gaillard was interviewed by Scout.com's Chad Simmons upon his return from Miami. Rather than confirm his commitment to UGA, Gaillard said he will have to talk things over with his family and coaches, and know something by Wednesday. Gaillard is the kid with gigantic "Georgia Bulldogs" tattoos on both forearms.


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Nothing that compression sleeves won't cover up. 


THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

Thanks for the Super Bowl spread dogs


-Allen Williams

walkermydog
walkermydog

So much for the dead period, we can talk on the phone as much as we want! :)

arf01
arf01

have no idea why anyone would want to go there. It's worse academically and once Spurrier leaves, it will go back to being the garbage dump of the SEC. Not to mention that Columbia is an ugly little city. Honestly have no idea why anyone would wanna go there. A testament to how good Spurrier is. 

KlayCook
KlayCook

ehhh...the kid fell victim to Spurrier's (whos getting pretty aged) golden tongue and antics. Next year he'll be getting dragged through the mud by Spurrier in public for not replacing Clowney on a 7-5 team (optimistically for the next four years, some may be worse). Oh well.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

One commit isn't going to make or break UGA. That's what you losers need to realize (mostly Tech fans hating on UGA)....you're not going to get every single recruit. You can only sign so many. There will be great football players sign elsewhere but UGA got their share. UGA will be fine. Good luck to Bryson at South Carolina. I just hope whenever he plays UGA, he never wins and gets no success.

SnoopDawg
SnoopDawg

Boys, the Dawgs are gonna be coming up short again on Wednesday.  The flagship university from one of the four biggest football talent machines in the country...  All the talent that should have stayed in state went out of state.  Leaks like through a sieve.  Or runs away from Preacha Man Markt Wrecked.  I like this new Defensive Coordinator.  But I also liked Grantham when he was first hired.

I've been saying this for years, and its truth is consistent as the Ten Commandments:  UGA's football problems will not go away until Mark Richt goes away...  Richt and his folks are chasing after the scraps at this point.  It's really an unflattering picture of where the UGA's football program has sank...

TampGator1
TampGator1

Has Lorenzo Carter committed to Georgia yet?  If not, we should have a South Carolina coach contact him to find out. 

TampGator1
TampGator1

If the SC coach contacted him Monday before school, South Carolina is in violation of NCAA recruiting rules.  This story is either incorrect or South Carolina is in big trouble with the NCAA for not abiding by the blackout rule that took effect at midnight Sunday.  Just saying.

sktjoc
sktjoc

So much for Mark Richt and his high morals. He is going after recruits AFTER they have committed to other schools. I have heard St. Richt say on several occasions that "I don't think I want a player on my team who can't keep a commitment - verbal or otherwise."  And he has said - "I really question their character when they don't honor their commitment and jump to another team".  

So much for that "better then thou" man at UGA

RealProblem
RealProblem

Once again we are scrambling...what's new. This smells like last year when we got murdered by Auburn on signing day. This year it is Clemson doing most of the damage with several other programs with their fingers in the pot. Well there is always 2015.....which is off to a bad start. Well there is always 2016.........

sportzfan
sportzfan

@kerryb.....where did you read that S. Carolina has 25th ranked recruiting class. Last I read they at around number 15 in country. I think they just finished season ranked #4 in country and three straight years in top 10. You also stated they were three deep at LB which is totally wrong. They started all Freshmen this year because that's all they had.....no two or three deep there. I'm sure Georgia's LB depth is much better than S. Carolina. Point is, if you're going to blab, be truthful.


rickfire
rickfire

I thought Sunday at 12:00am was the "Dead Period" when no contact could be made by any coaches with recruits? Looks like a violation by Steve Spurrier and his Coaching Staff with the phone call made to Allen-Williams on Monday morning. Am I wrong?

HotDawg
HotDawg

Did he just admit a violation by s carolina DC contacting him monday morning during a dead period????

HotDawg
HotDawg

Didn't the dead period for coaches contact begin at midnight, after the super bowl?

Ancely
Ancely

Does anybody know the ohsu record against THE SEC?

Dawg350
Dawg350

You Bama and Ohio state fans talk a lot of junk.....but the truth is y'all lost your last 2 games of the year.....things aren't so rosy as they were in 2012.... See that's the thing with CFB.....you can be on top one day the next next day you can fall flat on your face....things change quickly with CFB....you want prove??? Just look at auburn!

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

if he comes great...not gonna make or break this class...would be a welcome addition, but I'm not going to grovel on a football blog...he came, he saw, and if UGA is for him, he will come...despite what the trolls say, Athens is a great school with a great college environment, (as most of the other schools are also)...go dogs

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

Bryson Allen-Williams is a cool name. Would look really good in Red and Black. Come on to Athens Bryson! You'll really love your 4 years here! Look at all the players we have in the NFL and all the guys we turn into All-SEC, All-American players. Plus the chance to play for this defensive staff really would be intriguing if I was a recruit. But it's ultimately his decision. Good luck wherever he goes. GO DAWGS...COMMITTOTHEG

Hines Ward MVP
Hines Ward MVP

Don't be surprised to see ole ball coach miss a few games die to health issues. Don't be surprised if BAW was sold a bill of goods up sh!rs creek

Hines Ward MVP
Hines Ward MVP

His mother should support him short term AND long term... there's no way BAW should miss out on a once in a lifetime opportunity at UGA...his mother will regret pushing him to SC instead of UGA.

ElemennoP
ElemennoP

@SnoopDawg  


Right........all our problems will be gone once Richt leaves.  Uh huh, then we'll return to the proud traditions set by Goff and Donnan...............


DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@SnoopDawg  Yeah because Lorenzo Carter is "scraps"...he's pretty much all Dawg. 

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@TampGator1  Pretty much. If Carter isn't a Dawg on Wednesday it will be a major upset.

GDawg929
GDawg929

@sktjoc   Richt has never said if you cant keep a commitment then I don't want you on the team, that is an idiotic statement.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@HotDawg I think there was some sort of talk about extending the deadline because of the bad weather.  But if that isn't the case then somebody will point it out.  Not that it'll do much good.  The recruit obtained by breaking the rules still goes to the offending program and the NCAA spends 3 years trying to sort it all out.  Yawn.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Ancely


All losses by the Buckeyes...........................maybe one win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kerryb
kerryb

@Dawg350  Haven't figured out yet why OSU fans think they have a right to talk junk in the first place.  

NCDawg
NCDawg

@Dewnsav   me either but I think we have a much better chance than we did on Friday.

JasonEvans317945
JasonEvans317945

Thats incorrect. The ncaa states that during the dead period each college is only allowed 1 phone conversation per week. Thats one per coach i believe. But USC is pushing the limits on that one...

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

@kerryb @Dawg350  Because the dogs are alway pre-season national champs until they go 8-5 and they ride the coat tails of SEC! SEC! West teams that actually win championships

NCDawg
NCDawg

@kerryb @Dawg350 you are assuming that the mental institution inmate that trolls these blogs is actually a OSU fan.  That is more than likely not the case.

Dawg350
Dawg350

I agree....they haven't beaten a top ten team since 2006! How pathetic!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bucky

You thought you were going to be champs....but you stunned by well you know who! Lmao!

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

@Dawg350  You want pathetic? Consult your unranked record. That's pathetic.