It's never official until the signed national letter of intent arrives in the coach's office, but four-star linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams ended the suspense Monday night.
Allen-Williams announced over Twitter his plans to follow through on his commitment to South Carolina when National Signing Day comes Wednesday.
The highly-touted prep star from Cedar Grove High in Ellenwood, Ga. visited his home-state team this past weekend, watching the Super Bowl at Georgia coach Mark Richt's house. Ultimately, the Gamecocks' top committed player chose to attend school outside the state.
"I wanna thank #dawgnation for the support these last couple of days ... but on Wednesday I will be signing with South Carolina #WeCocky" Allen-Williams tweeted shortly before 10 p.m. Monday.
It wasn't an easy decision for Allen-Williams. Four hours before tweeting his intentions, he told The Post and Courier his likelihood of signing with the Gamecocks had slightly lowered to 95 percent.
Allen-Williams was impressed with Georgia, and he felt comfortable at his home-state school.
"They really put a full-court press on," Allen-Williams said. "... Georgia gave me a lot of things to think about. Whatever I have in my heart (Wednesday), that's where I'm going to go."
Allen-Williams said he was intrigued with the prospect of going to college in his home state, as well as being "the centerpiece of their defense."
He was even more enticed by the #Gamecocks' potential in the near future.
"I just love the atmosphere in Columbia," Allen-Williams said. "I love the fans, I love the coaches, I love the players on the team already. South Carolina is a place where I feel like I can go in and help those guys accomplish all the goals that they want to accomplish. They're just a couple of big guys away from a national championship. I feel like with the class that we're bringing in this year, we're going to win a national championship."
Allen-Williams' reaffirmation shouldn't be a surprise. He committed to the Gamecocks last April, before finishing his senior season with 99 tackles, 22 for loss, 16 sacks, two fumble recoveries and an interception.
Still, it highlights how far South Carolina has come as a program. The weekend before visiting Georgia, Allen-Williams took a trip to Alabama. The allure from two of the nation's premier programs wasn't enough to sway his commitment.
"I feel like if I just go to a school like Alabama, I'm just going to be a part of another legacy," Allen-Williams said. "It's not a bad thing, but I would be a part of another legacy. Me going to Georgia, I would be a part of another legacy. At South Carolina, it's possible I could start a legacy of a winning tradition and being a top-10 linebacker coming to South Carolina. That's one thing that I have in my heart to go ahead and be all in with South Carolina."
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