Cali cornerback has BYU's attention

Coach Doman and Coach Weber went down to Southern California during the prep season to watch Cougar commit Jamaal Williams play in the first game of the CIF Southern Section playoffs against Heritage High School. The coaches saw a few talented prospects on Heritage and took further notice.

One Heritage High School athlete that the BU coaches noticed was 5-foot-11-inch, 180-pound two-way player Darius Allensworth, who was all over the field.

"I play receiver and defensive back, but my primary position – and love – is defensive back," said Allensworth. "I just like being on the defensive side of the ball and that's a position I want to play at the next level."

So what kind of a cornerback does Allensworth consider himself to be?

"I pride myself on being a physical, shutdown cornerback," Allensworth said. "I like to make plays and pride myself on tackling. I don't like to shy away from contact, and that's how I play on the defensive side of the ball. I'm a fast player and my hips are great."

Throughout his junior year, Allensworth received letters and recruiting interest from some Western schools.

"I've been getting letters from Colorado, Utah and Boise State," he said. "My coach told me that BYU saw my film and they said they really like me, but it's the dead period right now so they're not able to contact me."

He holds interest in BYU because of what the school has to offer.

"I know BYU has a great football program and their education is really good," Allensworth said. "The education aspect of a college is key for me because that's something my parents are always on me about. I'm actually really interested in BYU because of the discipline they demand there and feel that would be something good for me, and like I said BYU is also a college with great academics."

In speaking of academics, Allensworth reports he's doing very well in the classroom.

"My last report card I had a 3.5 GPA with one AP class," Allensworth said. "My accumulative is a 3.3, so I'm doing very well in the classroom."

At one point last season, Heritage High School was 11-1, with the one loss coming against Rancho Verde. The final game on Heritage's schedule was against Sunkist league champion Summit High School. Coach Weber and Coach Doman flew down to watch the game, as 2012 Cougar recruit Jamaal Williams was playing for Summit.

While in the stands, both BYU coaches noticed some talented players on the field for Heritage High School.

"I guess they noticed me," said Allensworth. "That's what my coach said and that's when they checked out my highlight film and liked what they saw."

Upon learning of BYU's interest, Allensworth began doing a little homework on the Cougars.

"I know they're a private university and are in Utah," he said. "I also like BYU's schedule this year, and I know they're an independent school so they can go play whoever they want, and I like that. They can go anywhere and play the best competition and I really like that. BYU would be one of my top choices, and if they offered me that would be my top choice."

Heritage on the Cougar radar

The Cougar staff has also inquired about Heritage High School running back Jamal Morrow and linebackers Limihai Hifo and Sione Takitaki.

"Yeah, Jamal Morrow who has been my best friend since the fifth grade," Allensworth said. "He was all-valley MVP last year and did some good things out there on the field."

Morrow averaged 139 yards per game and 8.59 yards per carry. Hifo played on both sides of the ball last season, and rushed for an average of 8 yards per carry as a bruising fullback, but is projected to be a linebacker at the next level. Total Blue Sports will keep an eye on the recruiting situation down at Heritage High School.

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