Tigers gaining ground with 4-star OLB

Four-star outside linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams didn't feel the love while on his first visit to Clemson. That wasn't the case during trip No. 2.

OLB Bryson Allen-Williams Profile

A junior at Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood, Ga., Allen-Williams made his first visit to Clemson this past fall.

"The first time I went, they really didn't show me a lot of attention," he told CUTigers this weekend. "I went to the N.C. State game [and] they had a lot of big name guys there. They really didn't show me a lot of attention."

The No. 9 ranked outside linebacker in the country was back in town on Friday to watch spring practice.

"I got to sit down and talk to coach [Brent] Venables. They're really starting to recruit me hard now," Allen-Williams said. "I got about 30 minutes to talk to coach [Dabo] Swinney and coach [Marion] Hobby.

"I really like the staff that they have. I just wish they would have started recruiting me a little bit harder earlier. They were telling me what they're going to use me as. Looking at their depth chart, they're real thin at backer.

"I'm really looking into them now."

With the departure of Justin Parker, senior Quandon Christian and redshirt freshman T.J. Burrell are the only scholarship SAM linebackers on the current roster.

"The SAM backer, probably, blitzes about 85 percent of the time," Allen-Williams said. "That's how they want to use me."

In addition to the Clemson trip, he's made two spring visits to South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia. Tennessee hosted him once.

During spring break, he'll fly to California for visits to UCLA and USC.

Allen-Williams previously listed South Carolina as his leader, followed by Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.

"I recently put out a top-five, but that's changed," he said. "I'm going to cut it down to 15 schools before summer ball starts."

It's up in the air what will happen after the top 15 is released.

"If I commit before signing day, I'm not going to take any of my visits. It depends. If it gets down to it, I'm going to take all five [official visits]," Allen-Williams said.

In the meantime, a couple of factors will be considered.

"Just relationships development with the coaches. I don't want to go anywhere that I don't feel comfortable," he said. "After football season is over, I want to have a life outside of the players. I want to go where my mom likes and my grandparents like it. I just want to feel comfortable."

As a junior, Allen-Williams registered 99 tackles and 18 sacks.

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