Bryson Allen-Williams of Ellenwood, Ga., committed to USC Monday, a few months before he had planned to, but just a few hours after a phone call moved him to do so.
"I had always said when I wake up that morning, and when I'm comfortable with my decision, I'm going to pull the trigger," Allen-Williams said Monday night. "I wasn't planning on committing but Coach Spurrier was the first coach to call me this morning. He basically told me he wanted me to jump on board. I started thinking about it and I called Coach Ward and pulled the trigger."
Allen-Williams had long been favoring USC and over the weekend updated his top three as the Gamecocks, Alabama and UCLA. He had numerous other major offers. He said the chance to excel under Lorenzo Ward's guidance was a big part of his decision.
"The best players, he's going to set them up to make plays," Allen-Williams said. "In the spring game the linebackers were set up to make plays all over the place."
Allen-Williams added that the atmosphere at Williams-Brice Stadium for home games is also alluring to him.
"When I go to Williams-Brice Stadium and I hear '2001' play, something comes over me," he said. "I just felt comfortable there and I love the game atmosphere."
Allen-Williams, who had 88 tackles and 18 sacks last season, will play the weakside linebacker spot with USC.
Now he will turn his attention to helping Ward recruit his targets in Georgia, including RB Stanley Williams, WR Terry Googer and DB Wesley Green.
Allen-Williams is considered a four-star prospect by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports.
He joins Dillon linebacker Joe Blue as commitments for the 2014 class.