JUCO DE Allen planning ASU visit

Arizona State is one of the top contenders for a highly productive junior college defensive end from the Los Angeles-area, Josh Allen.

Long Beach City College (Calif.) defensive end Josh Allen is one of the top junior college prospects at the position group in the West, and Arizona State is heavily involved in the recruitment.

The 6-foot-4, 260 pound Allen, who had 58 tackles with 17 for loss and seven sacks last season as a freshman, said he's staying in contact with ASU defensive line coach Jackie Shipp, and was offered a scholarship by the Sun Devils in early March.

"They're really good to me," Allen said of the ASU staff. "I know a few guys that went there back in the day but left but still say it's a good program. I also know their star running back Demario Richard, I played against him and talk to him about it out there. I also know another couple guys there and they say it's a good place."

Allen also claims scholarships from Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Louisville, San Diego State, San Jose State and Washington State, with Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Utah and USC showing interest. If the Trojans offer a scholarship, they may be hard to beat, Allen has told Scout.com

After high school at West Torrance, Allen said he has benefited from going to junior college and is on track to graduate in December as a mid-year transfer, with three years to play two.

"I got a lot of exposure from playing junior college ball and it's going really good so far," Allen said. "As a junior college player I'm looking forward to going somewhere I can come in and play a lot and I'm going to be a business major so academics is important too. Then I also just want somewhere I'll be comfortable in my surroundings and somewhere I can come play and contribute to a good program.

"I don't have any visits set yet," Allen said. "I know you get five (officials). Arizona State would definitely be one of them."

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