Clemson has hopes for NC athlete

Clemson's coaching staff has got word of the talents of a Noorwood, N.C. athlete and the Tigers like what they are hearing about the multi-talented super star from South Stanly High School.

Last fall, Stanly's Detric Allen put up some impressive numbers as he threw for more than 1,000 yards, rushed for 500 more and caught another 800. The rising senior is also considered a talented safety where he racked tons of tackles, had many passes broken up and had several interceptions.

The 6-foot, 177-pound Allen has been offered by Duke, Virginia, Wake Forest, East Carolina and Wofford, but Clemson and North Carolina have since come into the picture as well, and Allen is confident he could get a couple of more offers in the near future.

I called and talked to Coach (Danny) Pearman the other night. He wants me to come to Clemson for their three-day session summer camp," Allen said.

Allen has been in close contact with Pearman, Clemson's tight ends and tackles coach, over the last few months and has communicated with him through the phone, email, letters and all sorts of stuff.

"I'm starting to know him. He's pretty nice," Allen said.

Allen has not been to Clemson since camp last summer and he says he is looking forward to getting back there next month.

"I know Coach Pearman said they were doing some things there. They are getting new facilities and I want to see how they look and stuff," Allen said.

Allen has spent the last couple of months trying to improve himself. He attended four combines over the last couple of months, including last weekend's Combine in Charlotte.

"You get challenged by the best," Allen said when asked why he has participated in so many combines.

And obviously that brings out the best in Allen. The Noorwood standout had one of the best days at the combine, especially in one-on-one drills in which he excelled.

"I want to improve my technique and see if I'm one of the best," he said.

Allen also clocked a 4.52 in the 40-yard dash and ran a 20-yard shuttle in 4.36.

"This whole experience has been interesting and tiresome when going from place to place, but it is okay," he said.

The two-way player says he wants to stay close to home when choosing a school, and says Clemson is considered close to him.

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