Despite already having more than three-dozen scholarship offers, Top247 linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams (Ellenwood, Ga./Cedar Grove) has gone to camp after camp this offseason looking to improve and show he's one fo the country's best.
Bryson Allen-Williams accepted an invite to the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Thursday.
Allen-Williams already has a four-star rating in the recruiting industry-generated 247Composite to add to the interest from top programs around the country. That all adds up to him being one of the nation’s best prospects. This week, however, he added another feather to his cap when he was invited to the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
"I was very thankful," Allen-Williams, who has already accepted the invitation, said. "I was in shock. Out of my school, there's only been on person and that was last year, (Vanderbilt quarterback) Jonathan McCrary. He was the first person ever to play in the Army Bowl from our school, so for me to be the second, it's kind of a big deal."
Allen-Williams says he has watched the national all-star game on television in the past, but was worried his chance to play in it might be passing by, which added to the shock when he received the good news.
"Yeah (I was surprised), because I had heard that the Army was pretty much done with selecting the teams, so they already knew everybody that was going to play," he said. "When I got my invite, I was just in shock. I couldn't believe it."
Allen-Williams, who is ranked the No. 18 OLB and No. 184 overall prospect in his class according to the 247Composite, is going to the game with something to prove.
"I just want to show that I can compete on any stage against a team that has some of the top players in the nation," Allen-Williams said. "Because, I do feel that I'm one of the top players in the country -- not being arrogant or anything, I just feel the way that I go on the field, the way that I work, I feel that I am one of the top players. I want to show that I can play in space, that I can pass-rush on third and fourth down and just show that I'm a complete linebacker."
On the recruiting front, Allen-Williams currently has South Carolina in the lead with Alabama and Georgia right behind the Gamecocks. Clemson also has entered the picture recently.
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl will be played at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Jan. 4 with live television from NBC to precede the network’s coverage of the NFL playoffs.