Speedy 2014 DB Getting Noticed

Auburn High School has several talented prospects for the 2012 season and one of the best is junior cornerback Antreal Allen.

Auburn, Ala.—One of the top junior cornerbacks in Alabama, speedy Antreal Allen is one of the main cogs for an Auburn High defense that is expected to be one of the best in the state in 2012. Joined by middle linebacker Reuben Foster and junior defensive end Rashaan Evans, the Tigers have some firepower to go along with Cameron Luper on the offensive side of the ball.

A 5-10, 182-pounder with 4.4 speed, Allen is still waiting on his first offer but is already hearing from several top schools around the South. With several teammates that will be getting plenty of attention this fall, Allen could be a player that shoots up the list for several teams by the time the 2012 season is complete.

"I have been getting some letters about camps," Allen said. "I have heard from Auburn, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Memphis so far. That's it. I'm interested in Auburn, Alabama, and LSU, really all of the SEC schools."

Playing strictly defense last fall for the Tigers as a sophomore, Allen had added wide receiver duties this spring as Auburn looks to replace Ole Miss commitment Cody Core. Working on offense and defense along with fellow junior Blaise Taylor, Allen said he's feeling comfortable with the move.

"It's going real good," Allen said. "We're just picking up on all the plays we left off with last year and getting all the rust off. Things are going good. I'm going both ways so that's exciting.

"I played wide receiver when I was growing up, but last year I played just defensive back," Allen added. "It's just like going back home playing defense and wide receiver. I'm enjoying it."

Admitting he's now stronger and more physical on defense, Allen said the strengths of his game remain his ability to cover and run with even the fastest wide receivers.

That will be important this fall as the Tigers try to avenge a first round playoff loss and make a run at the 6A state championship to be played at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn. Allen said there's no question that the way the 2011 season ended has been a motivation for the team this spring and it will carry over throughout the summer as they work towards opening night.

"We're very hungry," Allen said. "We got put out in the first round last year and it was the last play of the game on defense. All we had to do was make a play and not give up 40-something points and we would have won the game."

Auburn will face Stanhope-Elmore tonight in a spring game at Duck Samford Stadium in Auburn.

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