South Carolina picked up a commitment from four-star outside linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams (Ellenwood, Ga. Cedar Grove) Monday, the second to commit to Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks for the class of 2014.
Allen-Williams is the No. 17 outside linebacker according to 247Sports.com, and was the first to break the news of his commitment. He has experience rushing the passer and racked up 16 sacks last season as a junior. In addition, he piled up 99 tackles, 22 for loss, intercepted one pass, forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles.
He will be an outside linebacker for the Gamecocks, but because of his 6-foot-3, 217-pound frame, he is likely unable to be a consistent edge rusher and provide support in the run game.
He has exceptional instincts as an outside linebacker, and he is the classic sideline-to-sideline tackler because of his superior pursuit and lateral movement skills. He is a fierce tackler and will only get better as he develops physically, and could conceivable enter college as a 235-pound force.
Allen-Williams named the Gamecocks his leader on January 21 and attended the program’s Junior Day in early February. He will make another unofficial visit to Columbia on March 23. There were some moments of doubt if they would remain atop his leader board after visits to USC and UCLA, but those visits helped him decide that South Carolina was where he wanted to call home for the next three-five years.