February 16, 2013

Allen-Williams intrigued

Cedar Grove linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams isn't shy.

The four-star prospect says what is on his mind and hasn't been the least bit intimidated by the recruiting process.

That is a good thing because Allen-Williams went through a two month stretch where he received almost an offer a day.

Last week, on National Signing Day, the home state school, Georgia, extended an offer to the Cedar Grove standout, and Allen-Williams returned the favor on Saturday by making the trip up to Athens for the UGA Junior Day.

As usual, he wasn't afraid to share his thoughts on the day at UGA.

"It went great. I got to sit down and talk to Coach O (Kirk Olivadotti) before everything started. I sat down and talked to him for probably about an hour," Allen-Williams said. "Coach (Todd) Grantham, Coach (Bryan) McClendon, and Coach O, they all showed me a lot of love today. I spent majority of the day with Coach O. He basically told me, if I come to Georgia, I'll be able to compete for a starting position. Coach O is a great coach. Coach Grantham is a great coach, and I loved everything about it today."

Allen-Williams spent most of his junior year as a defensive end, but will likely play linebacker at the next level.

The big question is will he play inside or outside linebacker with his 6-foot-2, 220-pound frame?

"They basically told me that Alec Ogletree played both over the course of the year, so he said he would probably put me in a similar role like that," he said.

When it comes to his comfort level, Allen-Williams is prepared to play a number of different positions at the next level if it is for the right school.

"I actually played linebacker before, in my sophomore season," Allen-Williams said. "I was pretty good at it. They actually moved me to defensive end because they wanted to get me on the field. I'm very comfortable playing linebacker because I've played it the majority of my life. I'm cool playing inside or outside."

The Peach State standout is also a two-sport athlete as he also a member of the Saints' baseball team.

With things starting up on the diamond this spring, Allen-Williams plans to take a break from taking visits after this weekend and isn't at all shy about sharing his leaders going into that hiatus.

"South Carolina is definitely my leader," he said. "Georgia is starting to creep up on them. I like UGA so right now it is South Carolina with Georgia my second."

He also has a date set for when he plans to make a decision.

"Probably August 9 because depending on whether I graduate early or not, I want to be able to calm down and have my recruitment settled before the season," he said.

Once baseball season ends, Allen-Williams plans to take more visits before starting the process of making a decision and shutting down his recruitment.

"It will probably be late April or early May when I start taking visits again," he said. "I will try to visit a lot of west coast schools or Midwest schools. I've already seen all of the programs I'm considering in the southeast, so I'm ready to go see some more schools and get a different outlook on the schools that I like."

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