Arkansas’ 2015 grid commit list grew to 15 on Wednesday night with an announcement from a seventh player that plans to enroll in January.
Jacksonville, Fla., University Christian offensive lineman Josh Allen (6-3, 305), a 2014 graduate who originally signed with North Carolina, posted a message on his Facebook page saying he will be a Razorback.
"Just got cleared by the university of Arkansas Razorbacks,” Allen wrote. “They said I'm eligible and I will be on my way in January. No flags, no nothing.
“Many doubted me, laughed and talked about me but if you know me stuff like that is irrelevant to me, cause I live for one purpose and one God, not you, not your wicked ways, not your manly ways, not your materialistic things,” Allen added. “I mean, you can have it, but me? Nah.
“The way I was made and built wasn't meant to fit in or go by what others do or say. God gave me visions and dreams that some wouldn't understand, he gave me a Goal that others wouldn't dare touch. You think this is something just wait for the years to come. Me and my God got plans and we will change a little if not a lot.
“You can smile or smirk but I made it this far with no help and no friends and I can make many more miles without. I'm to(o) focused on what God has put before me and I will not disappoint or betray him for what's to be done. Time and planning is all in my favor for even if I die tomorrow or the next day, my love and heart will forever be with the ones who suffer and have no voice in this world.
“Don't give up hope because God is fighting and I'm fighting for you. Goodnight and may God be with you all. Forever thankful and blessed. ?#?Razorback? ?#?hawg?
Allen is a 3-star prospect per Scout.com and was ranked as the nation’s 31st-best guard in the country in the 2014 class.
Scout.com’s analysis of Allen:
“Allen is a raw but talented offensive guard prospect. He is very big and strong. He is powerful coming out of his stance and has good upper and lower body strength that over power's opponents. Has extremely quick feet for a big man and athletic.
“Has some work to do with technique like coming off the ball lower, hand placement and taking proper steps both with run and pass blocking but has huge potential because he has the physical tools.”
North Carolina’s admissions office failed to clear him and the Tar Heels released him from his letter of intent to allow him to attend another school.
Allen had chosen North Carolina over Arkansas, Florida State, Georgia Louisville, Miami, Fla., Missouri, Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State.
He said this about himself during the original recruiting process when asked what makes him a great prospect.
"One thing is my character on and off the field,” Allen told Scout.com. “It gets me places and makes me a better person.
“Next is my attitude,” Allen said. “Attitude is everything in everything and anything you do! Third is my work ethic and without it I might as well quit anything I set my mind to. Fourth is my faith. Just believing in all I do and that results will come.
“Last is my will to do great things not just with football but in other people's lives,” Allen continued. “The will to lead and show people there are good things out there, you just got to set your mind to it.”
Allen joins Charleston quarterback Ty Storey, Dumas tight end Will Gragg, Fort Smith Northside, defensive end Daytrieon Dean, Texas prep center Zach Rogers and defensive tackles Hjalte Froholdt of Denmark and Jeremiah Ledbetter of Hutchinson, Kan., Community College in being mid-term graduates.
Rogers, Conway's Colton Jackson and Allen are currently the three offensive linemen pledges in the Razorbacks' class.
Allen Makes it 15 in '15 for Arkansas
Hawgs Daily Top Stories
TCU vs Iowa State primerAfter falling in double-overtime to Arkansas, TCU looks to get back to their winning ways against Iowa State.
Horned Frog Insider09/15/2016
The Ultimate Midlands TeamThere is a lot of talent in the Midlands region, with a vast majority of the highest rated recruits playing high school football in the Lone Star State. Which prospects made the…
These rival helmet color swaps are revoltingSwapping rival teams' helmet colors? It shouldn't have been done, but someone did it anyway.
Post-July 2017 Top 100 Player RankingsWith the July evaluation periods, Nike Skills Academy, adidas Nations and Under Armour's Elite 24 over, Scout's basketball recruiting team has updated the 2017 top 100. DeAndre…