Orlando, Fla.--The Auburn Tigers got an early jump on the class of 2008 when one of Florida's top wide receiver prospects gave a verbal commitment to coach Tommy Tuberville's club. Speedy Damion Allen from Dr. Phillips High had offers from several top schools but chose to end his recruiting early by selecting the Tigers.
A 6-2, 175 standout for Dr. Phillips, Allen was one of the top players in attendance at Auburn's team passing camps last year and that gave the Tigers a jump in keeping an eye on him during his senior season. Playing for one of the top programs in the Sunshine State, Allen didn't disappoint.
Playing for former Columbus Pacelli Coach Kevin Pettis at Dr. Phillips, the coach of former Auburn signee Michael Harness, Allen was outstanding as a junior as he was named honorable mention Class 6A All-State in Florida after catching 28 passes for 591 yards and five touchdowns. He also added 242 rushing yards on just 23 attempts with four scores and completed six of 13 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown.
Allen is the first commitment in what is expected to be a smaller than normal recruiting class for the Tigers. With expected re-signs of several players the Tigers may have room for only 15 high school commitments in next year's class. Not wanting to miss the boat, Allen jumped on board at the first opportunity.