2008 Signee Update: Dwayne Allen

It seems like only a few weeks ago the Clemson Tigers signed one of the top 10 tight ends in the country in Dwayne Allen away from Georgia. However with June fast approaching, Allen is just a few weeks away from enrolling in school.

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"Everything is going well," Allen told CUTigers.com in a recent interview. "I said before that my best workouts were before my sophomore year because I wanted to come in and play. I am headed towards that level of intensity again. It is going well.

"I lost weight at first because I was playing basketball and thought about doing track. I was down to 225. I am up to 245 now with the workouts."

Clemson assistant coach Chris Rumph, Allen's main recruiter, worked all the way up to signing day to get the prize recruit away from Georgia, and he's continued to stayed in touch with the four-star tight end.

"That is my dog," Allen said. "He tries to encourage me as much as he can. He tells me there are no guarantees. The only guarantee is that I will be a Tiger for life. He tells me hard work wins it all."

Coach Rumph and the Tigers are also after another All American from the Fayetteville, N.C. area in five-star offensive lineman Xavier Nixon.

Dwayne is doing his best to help Xavier through the process.

Four-star tight end Dwayne Allen figures to see immediate playing time this fall at Clemson.
"I have just been talking to him real," Allen said. "I didn't really have someone like that. I had coach, but again the coach would only talk to me so far.

"I am trying to be the person that tells him the whole deal. It is not just that I want him to come to my school. I tell him what he needs to know. But then again I have to recruit for my school."

What is he looking forward to the most about enrolling at Clemson?

"I just want to get the championships started at Clemson. I want to play. I am a competitor," he said. "I know I will out work the next person. I was reading up on how well Palmer and Linthicum did this spring. I am going to have to come in and work hard so I can play."

Clemson tight ends coach Billy Napier has told the star tight end that he will have a chance to play early.

"He is a fair coach you know," Allen said. "He told me from the jump that the best man plays. Heading into the spring Palmer was number one. That is my target. I want to play."

Funny thing is, Allen, unlike most signees in the 2008 recruiting class, has never been to Clemson for an actual game.

That's right, not one.

"I can't wait," he said. "Man, I don't even know [what to expect]. The first Clemson game I will see is the first one I will play. I have never been there for a game."

The Shrine Bowl standout doesn't expect any issues with qualifying.

"Oh yeah, I am good," he said. "I will be heading to Clemson on June 29. I know Kenneth Page will be one of my roommates."

Allen, who was ranked the No. 8 tight end prospect in the nation according to Scout.com, recorded 27 catches for 291 yards and five scores as a senior at Terry Sanford High School.

For his efforts he was named to the 71st Annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and the ESPN/Under Armour All-American Game.

As a junior he added 25 catches for 551 yards and a touchdown.

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