Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007. He also hosts Recruiting Thursday each Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. statewide.
Highly sought Georgia LB planning Arkansas visit
Having a prospect with ties to a school is a plus and one of the better 2014 linebacker prospects in the nation, Bryson Allen-Williams has an aunt who's an Arkansas graduate.
"She said I'll like Arkansas," said Allen-Williams of his aunt who attended Arkansas in the early 80's. "She said the fan base is like no other and is second to none She said the fans come whether it's a 4 - 8 season or 12-0 season. They're going to sell out the stadium.
Allen-Williams, 6-2 1/2, 225, 4.7 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Ellenwood, (Ga.) Cedar Grove has more than 20 offers, including Arkansas, South Carolina, Clemson and Alabama. Cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson is his lead recruiter.
"Coach Johnson, he's the one that offered me," said Allen-Williams said. "He's trying to get me on the phone with coach (Bret) Bielema. "
Last summer on Aug. 9, Allen-Williams received his first two scholarship offers from South Carolina and Florida . He has named the Gamecocks his top school but that has deterred Johnson from pursuing him.
"He told me they're going to come after me even though they hear that South Carolina is my leader," Allen-Williams said in Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. " Which South Carolina is my leader. He said he's going to come and try to get me. I'm really interested in Arkansas."
Because of Johnson's persistence, Allen-Williams said he'll probably visit Arkansas during the spring.
Allen-Williams, who has visited Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina State, Tennessee, Florida and Georgia Tech, also plans to visit Florida State and UCLA in addition to the Hogs.
He plans to major in political science with an eye on becoming a district attorney or a private attorney.
"I really want to be the district attorney of Atlanta or a lawyer," Allen-Williams said. "If that doesn't work out I want to be a politician. I want to do something in the legal field."
Entering the legal field is something that's been on Allen-Williams' mind for quite some time.
"When I was younger, there was a guy in my church that was an attorney," he said. "I use to talk to him all the time about it and I still talk to him to this day. I've always been one that liked legal matters. Looking at cases online or on the news. I've always been intrigued by that stuff."
Allen-Williams' college decision will be well thought out.
"Where I'm comfortable, where my family is comfortable," Allen-Williams said. "Where I can see myself 30 to 50 years down the line having something positive to do with that degree. Go somewhere I know I won't regret it."