Allen Taking Level-Headed Approach To Recruiting

Asher Allen is one of the most sought after players in the South this year, but he has found a couple of ways to deal with the pressure of the recruiting game.

Tucker, Ga.--Asher Allen is easily one of the most talented prospects in the state of Georgia for the class of 2006, but when you add in the fact that he is getting the opportunity to go through the recruiting process with his cousin, Morrice Richardson, it becomes one of the better stories for the class of '06 as well.

The cousins, who are both highly talented athletes and are receiving recruiting attention from across the South, have been friends since they were very young, and Allen explains that that closeness has made the whole recruiting process that much easier for both of them.

"It helps a lot," he notes. "I have been with him my whole life. He kind of helps me out too, we work out together and he pumps me up and I pump him up and that is family. We also try and keep each other level so we can be sure and focus on the upcoming season."

Allen is a very impressive performer on both sides of the ball.

The two-way standout for Tucker High adds that along with going through the process together, he and Richardson would also like to finish the process together. "We are trying to find the same place and he will call me after a coach calls him and we will talk about it and things like that," Allen says. "How many times do you get the possibility to play D-I football with you cousin knowing that you would have him at linebacker or D-end and I am over the top?"

Other than trying to find a college that both he and Richardson can attend together, Allen says that he also knows some other things he will be looking to find in a college home.

"The first thing I will be looking for will be my gut feeling, and the people that will be around me for the next three or four years," he notes. "I just want to be around good people that are focused so all of us can all get to the league one day. Also, a place where I know I can get a good degree at in case something happens, I know I can support my family one day.

The 5-10, 183-pound playmaker starts at running back and safety for Tucker and is a terror for the Tigers opponents at both positions, but he says he is mainly being recruited to play a different position. "I feel equal about both sides of the ball, but I am getting recruited as a corner because of the longevity and things, but I can play both and I feel equal about both," he says.

Allen's speed has always been his primary weapon, but he is also a very strong player for his size. The talented rusher has worked hard in the weight room over the past few years and it is really starting to show with a 350-pound bench press, a 440 squat and a 280 power clean.

His combination of speed and power has garnered him, not only a ton of recruiting attention, but also a ton of college scholarship offers as well. However, he appears to be taking all of the attention right in stride.

"Recruiting is cool," Allen says. "I have 22 offers right now, but it's cool and my coaches are helping me, and my parents are helping me stay level headed and focus on my team first and then focus on recruiting because I have got a long time until February 2nd. Right now I am just chillin and trying to get finished with the camp season and be able to have some fun, get to know the coaches and see where I fit in."

Earlier in the camp season, Allen and his Tucker team got to visit Auburn for one of the seven-on-seven passing camps, and he says he enjoyed it. "I have been able to go to Auburn's seven-on-seven passing camp three years in a row," he notes. "We have been going to it since my tenth grade year and every year it is real good and it is a lot of fun."

His team was solid, only losing two games during the event, and he says he expects his senior season to go just as well, if not better. "We are doing great, we have got a lot of players that have been playing football together since park ball so the chemistry is there already," Allen notes. "We just feel good playing together and with Coach Ballard coaching us we will do a great job this year."

Along with football, Allen says that he is also very active in track and has one other pastime that he really enjoys. "I run track and I run the 100, 200, 4x100 and 4x400," he explains. "Also, I play a little street basketball, but I don't play for the team."

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