Bryson Allen-Williams already has high expectations and lofty goals for his time at South Carolina.
Before he even plays a snap for the Gamecocks, he's already thinking about the NFL. The four-star linebacker from suburban Atlanta chose to sign with South Carolina on Wednesday partially because of the opportunity for him to reach his dreams.
After talking with defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward during the recruiting process, Allen-Williams said he expects to make an "early impact" for the Gamecocks this fall. He looks forward to competing with South Carolina's fellow, young core of linebackers.
"The way coach Ward talks about using me, I think it's just going to better me as a football player for the next four years leading up to the NFL," Allen-Williams told The Post and Courier. "Right now, he's talked about me coming in, possibly getting some early play time."
Allen-Williams is projected to play the Will (weak side linebacker) position in South Carolina's 4-2-5 defense, but he hasn't ruled out playing Mike (middle linebacker) "if I get a little bigger." Currently, South Carolina listed Allen-Williams at 6-1, 231 pounds.
Moore holds down the Will spot, and his job should be secure after being named to the All-SEC Freshman Team last fall. One possibility may be playing Moore and Allen-Williams side-by-side, forming a young and talented duo.
Last season, Allen-Williams had 99 tackles, 22 for loss and 16 sacks. Whatever role he plays, Ward agrees Allen-Williams could make an early impact.
"Bryson is going to be an athletic, young man as a linebacker that we're going to be able to move around," Ward said. "We can put his hand down in the dirt and rush the passer some, but we can definitely use him as a linebacker in our schemes that we're gonna use this upcoming fall."