Few top prospects in the South give coaches more options on position than Jason Allen from Muscle Shoals. A very quick player with the size to bull over defenders and the speed to run by them, Allen has coaches from every part of the country trying to get his signature on the dotted line in December.
Yes, December. An outstanding student who will graduate high school early and enroll in the college of his choice in January, in time for winter workouts, Allen has jumped to an even higher priority with teams knowing that he will be able to get a jump on his freshman season by getting in school early.
Allen shows his skills at the Jackson Hospital Combine earlier this year in Montgomery.
With some schools recruiting him as a running back, some as a wide receiver and even some as a defensive back, the versatile Allen hasn't been shy for mentioning that he will likely leave the state to attend college. "I like LSU, Georgia and Tennessee the most right now," he told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "The process is really getting cut short a little right now because I only have like 12 weeks of school left and I'll be out. I'm going to make my decision on Christmas morning so I'm really not for sure who it will be, but I haven't cut any teams out."
Allen has already set up official visits for all three schools he labels as his favorites. He plans to visit Tennessee the weekend of December 14th, LSU the weekend of October 6th when the Tigers are host to Florida and his Georgia visit is scheduled for the weekend of the Bulldog team banquet with that date still unsure. "Tennessee is recruiting me as a receiver," he says. "Georgia is recruiting me as a defensive back or maybe something like a Champ Bailey type of player. LSU is recruiting me as a free safety, but I would have the chance to play receiver as well."
While Auburn appears to be out of the running at first glance, that may not be the case altogether. Allen visited the Plains several times during the summer and says he likes the coaching staff. He says he plans to visit later in the year.
"I'll be there for the Auburn-Alabama game and I'll also see Auburn play when they go to Georgia," he says. "Coach ‘G' (Eddie Gran) wants me to play tailback. Coach (Phillip) Lolley wants me to play defensive back but just talking to him he said they just wanted me down there. They really don't have a preference for me (position-wise), they just want me down there."
In leading Muscle Shoals to a 2-1 record so far this season, Allen has put up some very impressive numbers as both a runner and receiver. Averaging 9.4 yards per carry with 538 yards on 57 rushes with six touchdowns, Allen has been a one-man wrecking crew this season at tailback. He also has two receiving touchdowns to go with several pass break-ups from his free safety spot.