Last-Minute Camper Gets Offer From Auburn

Class of 2017 football prospect Chris Allen now has an offer from the Auburn Tigers.

Baton Rouge, La.--Chris Allen wasn’t expecting to participate in a football camp at Auburn, much less get a scholarship offer from the Tigers, but both things happened on Sunday for the four-star class of 2017 prospect.

Returning from the University of Georgia’s Dawg Night camp with several teammates and coaches from Southern Lab High School, the group decided to stop at Auburn and when they got to the AU campus the players worked out at an AU camp that took place Sunday afternoon.

“We didn’t know we would be participating in the camp until we got out of the car,” says Allen, who was a standout performer at the event.

“The Auburn coaches told me that they liked me and they want to make me an outside linebacker because they feel like I have the body frame and all of that,” says Allen, who measured in at six-foot-three, 229 pounds at the camp.

An All-State player at defensive end last season as a sophomore, Allen now has scholarship offers from hometown LSU, Georgia, FSU and Miami in addition to his new one from Auburn.

Coach Mark Martin from Southern Lab High says whoever signs the prospect will like what they get.

“Chris Allen is a phenomenal athlete we have in the class of 2017,” Martin tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. “He is one of the best players we have on our team. He is a high-energy kid with great character who comes from a great family.

“He is one of those players who has blossomed into a great player since we have had him and we are looking forward to him doing special things this year as well as moving forward,” Martin says.

“He has a non-stop motor and he is tenacious at the end position,” the coach adds. “Whatever we ask him to do he can do it.”

With LSU a college of interest and in his hometown, a question regarding Allen for coaches at other colleges is are they wasting their time recruiting him? Allen notes that isn’t the case. “No, sir, not all,” he says.

Allen’s coach points out that while the rising junior is definitely interested in LSU he is considering other colleges. “He is keeping his options open and his parents are, too, “Martin says. “He is an excellent student. He is just a great kid all-around.”

Commenting on his visit to Auburn where he spent time with the defensive coaches, Allen says, “The camp went great. I had a good time and I enjoyed all the drills while trying to get better and showcase my skills.”

Chris Allen

Just 16 years old, this summer Allen is focused on developing as a defensive end, his favorite position, although he also plays tight end and wide receiver. He explains that he feels like he can make a bigger impact during games as a defensive player.

“I am trying to get stronger,” he says. “I am trying to work on getting off blocks and ripping through. I am working on my pass rush. That is basically it along with working on my speed and quickness.”

Allen says he also enjoyed his visit to Georgia’s Dawg Night event. “That camp was good,”?he says. “There were a lot of people there and there was a lot of competition.”

When asked about goals for his junior season the defensive end talks about the importance of his team having success and doing whatever he can to make that happen. “We are going to be good,” he predicts. “I will guarantee it. We expect to go to the state championship and win it.”

Off the field the prospect isn’t sure what he wants to study in college, but he makes it clear that he is serious about being a good student. “It is very important,” he says. “You can’t go anywhere without your grades.”

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