Local corner takes in ASU-Missouri game

It was obviously hard for many high school players to attend ASU's game versus Missouri last Friday, but one of the Sun Devils' more coveted 2012 prospects was able to be part of the 70,000 plus in attendance. Since Phoenix North Canyon's cornerback Jamar Allah played on Thursday, he was present at Sun Devil stadium and gave us his thoughts on ASU's 37-30 overtime win and his recruitment with ASU.

"It was tight," said Allah of Friday's game. "This has been the third or fourth college game I went to and it's never been that crazy. I loved seeing the fans. The players were so hyped and the coaches showed me so much love. I just loved it.

"I went into the locker room after the game and the players were doing this chant (fight song). It was really cool. I was talking to coach (Bryce) Erickson and coach (Burns) and they were telling me how much they needed me on the team, but they weren't going to pressure me."

While this contest won't go down as one of the better performances by the Sun Devil defense, Allah was still impressed with ASU's play on that side of the ball.

"I like how they all were flying to the ball all the time," Allah commented. "Even when they were scored on they just kept on grinding it out and they made the stop when they really needed it."

At 6-1 190 suffice to say that Allah's frame is one that is mostly rare among corners and he complements that stature with physical play and sure tackling.

"I'm just as big as the corners they have there (at ASU)," Allah stated. "The coaches said that I can cover well and they like my football I.Q. I have great (high school) coaches who prep me every game really well."

North Canyon is 3-0 thus far in the 2011 campaign, and while Allah would like to have contributed more to the Rattlers' success so far circumstances have been beyond his control.

"The coaches want me to play both ways," Allah explained, "but because I have a groin injury I haven't played that much on offense. I was playing both wide receiver and running back and also some Wildcat quarterback.

"On defense they are not really throwing to my side of the field. The most teams have done is throw a bubble screen at me and a hitch and go right before halftime. It's hard feeling that you're not doing anything in the game but I know I can never get lackadaisical because they aren't throwing in my direction. They can try me at any time and I can't be lazy."

Colorado has recently joined Arizona State as the only BCS conference offers the cornerback has garnered. Allah also has scholarship offers from Montana and Wyoming.

"Wyoming was the first one to offer me and I keep in close contact with them," Allah said. "Now that Colorado has offered I'm looking forward to visiting them too (along with Wyoming) sometime. San Diego State has been talking a lot to me and said they wanted my highlights from my first few games this season. So it will be interesting to see what happens when I send the film to them because they told me back in the summer that they were highly interested.

"I haven't set up any visits yet, but I'm going to probably set up visits after the season is over and I plan to visit Arizona State and the other two schools in December."

Allah confessed that he rather not wait that long until he can take all of his visits, but at the same time he doesn't want to rush into a decision.

"I don't want to pick just one school without having a chance to visit the other ones," Allah said. "I'm open to going to a school away from home if that's the best school for me. Academics are very important to me and I want to play in a good defensive scheme.

"This is a family decision and their opinion is going to be very important to me."


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