Posted: 1:27 pm Friday, January 17th, 2014

Bryson Allen-Williams: UGA and Alabama make late push 

By Michael Carvell

UGA reached out to another one of the state’s hottest prospects on Friday.

And with all due respect to this guy, there’s probably not a hotter prospect in Georgia right now than Cedar Grove High School linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams.

Not after the way he dominated the Army All-America practices.

State's hottest prospect? LB Bryson Allen-Williams (247sports)

State’s hottest prospect? LB Bryson Allen-Williams (247sports)

Rivals.com gave Bryson the “Bull Award” for the prospect who most raised his recruiting stock during the week.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder committed to South Carolina over Alabama, UGA and UCLA last April. Allen-Williams will take his official visit to South Carolina this weekend.

On Friday, Allen-Williams also confirmed to the AJC that he scheduled a visit to Alabama for next weekend. “It’s because of my relationship to Brandon Greene” — the former Cedar Grove offensive lineman who now plays a Alabama.

Back to UGA: On Friday, Jeremy Pruitt, the new defensive coordinator for the Bulldogs, told Allen-Williams that he would be stopping by Cedar Grove High School next week.

What was Bryson’s reaction? “It’s pretty cool since he was the defensive coordinator of the national champions. But other than that, I really don’t have any (thoughts) about it. I’ll let you know how our talk goes next week.”

UGA isn’t the only one trying for a last-minute miracle with Allen-Williams. Alabama, Auburn and UCLA have also been in recent contact.

Bryson was always recruited by the big schools but with nowhere near the intensity as right now. It all has to do with his eye-opening performance at the national all-star game.

At the Army Bowl, Allen-Williams dominated practices against elite prospects at his projected college position – linebacker. The college scouts all took notice (At Cedar Grove, he was forced to play a lot at defensive end simply because of team needs).

Here’s what Rivals.com had to say from the Army Bowl: “In a week when most of the top linebackers disappeared, Allen-Williams made play after play. He covers like a safety yet holds up very well against the run as well … Allen-Williams was the East’s most impactful defensive player from the first whistle of Monday’s practice to the final gun of Saturday’s game. He flies to the football and makes plays from sideline to sideline but also stuck a pair of West running backs in the hole during the Army Bowl game.”

Allen-Williams, who didn’t get a lot of respect in prior rankings because he didn’t test well at the Nike SPARQ combine and many analysts viewed him as an undersized defensive end, is now getting a lot of love in the various final rankings. In Georgia, he has rocketed up the charts to the state’s No. 8 overall prospect.

One final note about Allen-Williams and why he may extra important for UGA to try to poach: His younger brother, Cedar Grove defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson, is one of the nation’s top prospects for 2016. The 6-foot-3, 265-pound sophomore already boasts early offers from South Carolina, UGA, Clemson and Auburn, among others. Jackson has already said UGA is his early favorite.

And if you remember from a few years ago, there was a little-known recruit out of Gwinnett County named Denzel Nkemdiche who wanted to go to UGA (it didn’t work out). He had a younger brother who was a decent prospect.

RELATED: There was a big development on Friday involving a top UGA recruit who is worried about the coaching changes that you can read HERE

MORE FRIDAY TIDBITS: UVA has gotten involved with Pace Academy wide receiver Kameron Uter (6-4, 215), who de-committed from Vanderbilt last week. Uter left for an official visit to Wake Forest today, and is tentatively scheduled to go to Vanderbilt next week. Northwestern offered Uter on Thursday, and UVA could be next.

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51 comments
AzzKiknChikn
AzzKiknChikn

Looks like we have a bunch of butt hurt mutts!

HotDawg
HotDawg

I would cancel his invitation to georgia and other schools after his mothers stupid statement.

If she wants to think that way....fine.

But do not make a public statement.

She sounds like she is already spending nfl dollars for her son.

Lady you better count on the odds the kid never plays a down in the nfl.

Worry about school.

midtowncowboy
midtowncowboy

Gootta love how Saban has the players best interests at heart.  So much so he personally prevents them from playing for the school they want to play for.  What a great guy.  

TampGator1
TampGator1

@MightyUGADawg.....


If I "were" Kamara  (I believe he is still alive (as in present tense) and not dead (as in past tense).....although he is dead (and past tense) to Saban and Wet WIllie....and "was" a Bama football player.     


Just saying.

MIghtyUGADawg
MIghtyUGADawg

If I was Kamara, I would go to a junior college for a year and then transfer back to the SEC to stick to little Nickie.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Pruitt just got a commit from another 2015 Recruit, this time a 5- star. Terry Godwin. I hope the fence sitters for 2014 will see the writing on the wall and realize just how good Georgia is going to be the next 5 years.

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

That's a shame that FSU cannot have their recruits in years to come, have them say that they are excited to meet the Defensive Coordinator of the national champions.  Clearly, FSU could be meeting with Bryson Allen-Williams and his brother.

electric1234
electric1234

Both teams need to recruit in another state that has better players! l like Florida

keendaddy
keendaddy

I don't blame the Nicktator...

BrownDog
BrownDog

Tampa, Alvin had to go. Suspended twice. Now the story goes that he saboutaged the visits of a couple key recruits. Unhappy union from almost the start. Too bad.

TampGator1
TampGator1

Wet....


Nick doing his thing.  Must have someone ready to sign that is slightly better.  Not sure when recruits are going to figure Nicky boy out....."Mr. Oversign and release for something better."

TampGator1
TampGator1

Muschamp and his defensive staff is suddenly offering a lot of DE/hybrid LB types (Florida wants one)....which is telling me that Lorenzo Carter is headed to Athens.  Seems logical to me....but just a theory that holds very little water.

TampGator1
TampGator1

DawgGawn....


Why don't you start your own "Believe in the G" recruiting website.  Just garner information from all the recruiting sites and condense all the Georgia information into a daily blog called "Everything G".....on the website......"Believe in the G"......do it tomorrow.  I am sure Michael would appreciate it. 

SinceVince
SinceVince

IF Cmr can get someone to flip from another school like Bama, South Carolina , Clemson and a Florida State then I say we have made huge strides. So far this Class is so so as far as needs on the LOS.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Richt just needs to follow along behind JP and he will learn much about BigTime recruiting. No nice guys allowed as recruiting hits Phase III. Only the strong survive.

TacoMeat
TacoMeat

This kid is solid to Carolina. End of story.

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

UGA recruiting has just been turnt up on roids... Just Let Pruitt Do It!... unbelieveable...

UGA roid recruiting has also reached out to Auburn DB commit Nick Ruffin and USCe commit DE Dante Sawyer...  Pruitt visited Tucker  HS yesterday to visit with 2014 targets S Dominick Sanders, OLB Kirk Tucker, ILB UGA commit Detric Dukes and 2015 DT Jonathan Ledbetter....

The visit with Lamont Gaillard has been postponed to a later date... no problem here... Gaillard stated he was still committed to GA... the reason could be Lamont might want to meet his position coach when hired...

Some rumored DL coaching names floating around... Rocker, Kiffin, Rumph and Haggens...

John Thomas UGA Associate Director of Strength & Conditioning also leaving his job in Athens...

UGA 2014 target DE/OLB Lorenzo Carter left Norcross last night for a OV to LSU this weekend...

"BELIEVE" in the

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Carvell 

You hearing any responses from the Coaches that are being thrown  around who are showing interest in coming to Georgia. Do you know who Pruitt's top choices are?  Something tell me McGarity will support him with whatever he needs.

BMOC_
BMOC_

Crazy stupid that UGA hasn't been able to evaluate talent at the high school level for some time.  I've always said that South Carolina gets all of these 3-star players, yet wins most games against the schools that have all of the 4 & 5-star recruits.  Why??  Because they can actually evaluate talent based on TALENT.  Hopefully Pruit will do a better job at finding the talent (not based on recruiting rankings such as scout.com & rivels.com) and actually keep them in GEORGIA.

FireSomebody
FireSomebody

Regarding this story, Allen-Williams must really be a baller because his measurables at the Opening were absolutely horrific.  Good for him.

FireSomebody
FireSomebody

Not a single word on landing the #1 prospect out of Tennessee for 2015?


*Edit. It did get a mention as an afterthought in another story.  Guess Rico will be worthy of his own headline only if he wavers on his decision.

MIghtyUGADawg
MIghtyUGADawg

Lilly got that commit but still a huge pick up for the Dawgs.

Gandolph
Gandolph

@BrownDog Maybe he didn't sabotage the visits.  Maybe he just told them the truth.  All of this was a foregone conclusion when Bama signed something like 8 backs last year in recruiting.  What, were they dumb enough to think that they would all play? And, after the performance of Derrick Henry in the Oklahoma game, Tyren Jones may be the next to go 'cause he ain't gonna see anything but splinters in his bum.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Tampa...you don't know schit about what Nick does. Stick to your Gators ...Lord knows that should keep you busy from running other programs.  Call us when you have a winning season.

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

Saban did exactly what Saban set out to do... and that was to keep Kamara away from UGA... that has been done... not allowing Alvin to transfer to any SEC school...

Nick Saban = Coward and Liar.... just ask Alvin Kamara......  did Alvin get to keep the Dodge Charger

"BELIEVE" in the G

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

Heidi doo TampaG

Yew jest plumb crazee if'n yew thank I'da dew sump'h like that... it 'a bee finer 'n froghair or about as useful as goosepoop on' a pumphandle... I'da hafta ban nearbout awl yew gol darn aggervatin teck fans... seeins how dem-air no'count bammer fans tawk like theyd awl high-falutin atelin awl dem lies... reckon Id'a hafta ban dem too.. Yea buddy now thats a goodin... be-ins yore a gater for cryingout loud yew fixin to git banned too... ain't nairy yore bidnis...

Michael Carvell is much nicer than Dawg-Gawn... carry-on peeps...

"BELIEVE" in the G

Dawgilama
Dawgilama

@Bubbatavious What does a GT fan know  about  Georgia recruitng? You obviously don't pay attention thus far  all UGA verbals on the LOS except  Jake Edwards have offers  from multiple major  programs and are all highly rated. Would like to see 1 or  2 more but  this is going to be a  small class.

RangeRover
RangeRover

@TacoMeat 

Why any elite Georgia player would be "solid" with South Carolina is beyond me.  He must have never visited the armpit of the state of South Carolina, Columbia.  Plus, what a dump of a school!

He apparently has profoundly significant academic shortcomings.

Dawgilama
Dawgilama

@BMOC_ Not able to evaluate  talent? 40 something players in the NFL and  not all of the  were 4  and  5  star. Georgia's won the  SEC  east  5  times  Gamecocks 1 . 

MichaelCarvell
MichaelCarvell moderator

@FireSomebody Thanks for post. There's way too much going on with 2014 kids who are signing next month to get too caught up with 2015 & 2016 kids (new offers, commits, etc). But we'll do more on Rico later. 


Because of all the coaching changes, I think the next 17 days are going to be unlike any I've ever covered in recruiting. I mean, the news changes by the minute

HotDawg
HotDawg

You didn't think he was a punk when he signed with bamalama ding dongs.

MIghtyUGADawg
MIghtyUGADawg

Apparently little Nickie does not agree since he is restricting him from going to any other SEC program.

BrownDog
BrownDog

Gandolph, C-Kirk: Alvin started off strongly, hurt his knee, got scoped and the coaches decided on a red shirt. Apparently, it went downhill from there. He's not the first to leave a program, but suffice to say he didn't handle not playing and starring for the first time in his life very well. And as always, Nick's castle, Nick's rules.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@Gandolph @BrownDog 

I have heard Saban say more than once that he will over sign a position just to keep from having to play against that player. Saban is restricting Kamara from playing with another SEC team. Saban wins all the way around.

We warned Kamara about that very thing but Saban convinced him that he could win the starting job from the other 12  running back's. 

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Alvin talked like he champion but it ended right there. He will finish out the year at Bama so they say but will not be apart of the program. The 4 great RB's on paper looked good but not so good now. Alvin was asked to change positions as well (slot receiver) so they say. GTFO....

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@Dawg-Gawn 

How many have to end up the same way for these Recruits to believe all the past Kamara's. I think Saban should have sold Life Insurance , he would have made more money than Coaching.

Talent
Talent

@RangeRover South Carolina has continuously been able to do more with lesser rated players.  The coaching at South Carolina is second to none.  If they can get more impact players they have a chance to contend for a an SEC title and National Championship.  That team is deep at linebacker, defensive line, safety, offensive line, running back, QB and WR.

TacoMeat
TacoMeat

@RangeRover No, I agree completely. Not sure why, but I know for a fact he is solid to Carolina. 

Gandolph
Gandolph

MC, thanks for working hard to keep us informed. I know it's moving fast. If I remember correctly, UGA fans who were disappointed by Bryson-Williams commitment to USCe trashed him as a person and player and got into a whizzing contest online with someone who turned out to be his mom. Even though it had nothing to do with UGA, I don't feel confident that UGA has much of a chance.

Globeflyer
Globeflyer

@C-Kirk @Dawg-Gawn You can bet on one thing happening at Tuscaloosa. The best will see the field.  (Saban is paid to win.) A kid, going anywhere, will have to earn his spot. Besides, you don't seem to give Kamara much credit for wanting to be a competitor. If he is, he will come out of this stronger and more determined.