Allen Enjoys Big Cat Experience

Lincoln standout Javarius Allen talks about his recent visit to Auburn for Big Cat Weekend.

Tallahassee, Fla.--Lincoln standout running back Javarius Allen admits he didn't know what to expect when he traveled to Auburn recently for the Big Cat Weekend on the Plains. Familiar with teams such as Ole Miss and Alabama, he said it was a wake-up call when he saw Auburn for the first time.

"It was good," Allen says. "I went up there and enjoyed myself. I didn't think I would enjoy it, but I really did. I saw some things that I really liked. The coaching staff is really good. It's somewhere I could really call home. It's a nice place."

Much like many of the prospects who have visited Auburn this year, Allen talked about the family feel that coach Gene Chizik and his staff creates. Rated as the nation's number 35 running back, the 5-11, 185 Allen said that feeling was the highlight of the trip as far as he's concerned.

"It was the family, that was the most important thing," Allen notes. "That's what really stands out to me. I think that's strong and a lot of people need family."

In addition the family feel at Auburn, Allen also got a history lesson on the Tigers and at the running back position that's a long class. With name after name of successful and talented running backs that have played in the orange and blue over the years, Allen says that was impressive to see.

"They've had great running backs," Allen notes. "They've had guys like Bo Jackson and Ben Tate."

Coming into the visit Allen said Alabama was probably considered his favorite with several more schools in the mix, but he says after visiting Auburn he's just going to relax and let everything sink in and then see where it goes from there.

"I came in kind of high on Alabama but I haven't really thought about anything yet," Allen says. "I'm still chilling and taking it easy."

Playing running back as well as adding some linebacker this season, Allen will be looking to get back in the groove after missing his junior year because of injuries. As a sophomore Allen rushed for 1,044 yards on 162 carries scoring 10 touchdowns. He caught 10 passes for 233 yards scoring twice more for the state championship runner-up. Allen returned seven kickoffs for 186 yards scoring once and returned six punts for 95 yards.


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