September 20, 2012

Allen-Williams hungry for more

Most recruits, especially high school juniors, find piece of mind in having multiple scholarship offers.

At worst, they know what offers they hold and the opportunity to play football at the next level is present.

Cedar Grove defensive end Bryson Allen-Williams is certainly thankful that Florida, South Carolina, Penn State, and North Carolina State have already offered, but he isn't the type of person or player that is happy with just those four.

He wants more.

"Those are good offers and I know that. I know I can say I have four offers, but it makes me hungry," said Allen-Williams. "It makes me want to work harder and earn more offers. That is my goal, but who can be upset with those offers?"

At this rate, the star junior will certainly get a number of offers before the end of his junor campaign.

Allen-Williams, through three games, already has 35 total tackles, six sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and a blocked punt.

He is also getting a lot of attention from three big SEC schools.

"I'm hearing from plenty of schools, but I'm hearing the most from Florida, Alabama, and UGA. I get a lot of hand written letters from Georgia, and I have been hearing a lot from them. I also hear from South Carolina and NC State."

Allen-Williams plans to be in Athens on Saturday when Georgia takes on Vanderbilt in their SEC home opener.

It is his first visit to UGA for a game, but he has spent time in Athens before.

"I went to Georgia for the Mini Camp and Dawg Night this summer," he said. "I went there and blew it out of the water with the pass rush and Coach (Rodney) Garner liked the way I played. He said he liked the way I played fast and how I could rush the quarterback."

When it comes to taking his visit to the Classic City this weekend, the 2014 prospect is most excited about seeing a specific player rush the passer.

"I'm excited to see Jarvis Jones. He is a monster, and he is my favorite player. I pattern my game after him," said Allen-Williams. "I love the way he comes off the ball, and he can drop into coverage too. Plus UGA is definitely making a push in the SEC."

When it comes to his recruitment, Allen-Williams says that a team's history at his position is something he is very interested in.

"I really do look at what programs put out what kind of players. Not a lot of people know this, but my mom is a crazy football fan, and we sit down and look at rosters," he said. "We look at what teams put what players in the NFL and stuff like that."

While a programs ability to help him reach the next level may play a role in his decision, Allen-Williams is also looking at a number of other factors.

"I'm looking for a place not to far from home. I'm looking for a place that can help me be successful. A place with great academics," he said. "I know that most people don't go on to the NFL, so you have to be ready to be successful when you leave school."

At this point in his development, Allen-Williams is 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, but one thing that many don't know is that the junior standout has plenty of time to grow.

"I'm only 15 right now. I am a junior but I should be a sophomore," said Allen-Williams. "I know I'm going to have to put on extra weight. Most coaches know that at 15, the weight will come naturally. Right now I think I might grow a couple more inches and get up to 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-5, and then get to a solid 230 to 235 pounds. Then when I get to college, I know they will put the weight on me. I'm also working on getting faster and developing my football instincts."

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