Chad Simmons

Alabama offers emerging 2017 Georgia DE Michael Allen, a teammate of top 2016 target Derrick Brown

Alabama, like many programs, is busy putting the final touches on the class of 2016. But it is not ignoring America's top junior football prospects, offering emerging Peach State defensive end Mike Allen

While hitting the camp scene prior to his junior high school season, Buford (Ga.) Lanier defensive end Michael Allen turned heads and firmly planted himself on major college football recruiters' collective radar. 

Offers from Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Colorado State would follow over the next several months. The latest came in unexpected fashion as the Alabama Crimson Tide pulled the trigger of late.

"I was talking to (defensive line coach) Bo Davis and he was telling me about how good I did at camp (last summer) and how he liked my film," he said. "So he said he was going to offer me. He said he likes my speed, quick hands and aggressiveness.

"I was surprised. I was expecting him to tell me to come to the school or something again. Not this. It's nice to have this offer, I'm grateful and appreciative." 

Allen, who accounted for eight sacks, a pair of interceptions and a fumble recovery for the 12-1 Longhorns in 2015, is quite familiar with the out-of-state program.

"I watched a lot of SEC schools, so I watched 'Bama a lot," he said.

Looking to add more options in the coming months, don't expect an early decision. 

"I'm just going to let whatever happens happen and try to get my grades where they need to be and keep producing," he said. "Hopefully I'll get to go to a good school." 

Could college programs be attracting the 2017 standout along with five-star senior Longhorn Derrick Brown? UA is one of the few programs to have targeted both trench talents.

"We are close, our families know each other well," Allen said. 


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