2018 ATH Alijah Allen impresses CU coaches

Show up, show out and leave with an offer. That’s how 2018 Buena Park (Calif.) athlete Alijah Allen approached Colorado’s under the lights camp last month.

“It was good, I like it up there. It was different, it was different up there, just compared to California,” the 6-foot, 175-pound prospect told BuffStampede.com about the CU camp.

“It went good, all the coaches were impressed with me.”

Alijah Allen’s performance was enough to reel in a scholarship offer from the Buffs. It’s the first one. sigh of relief, for the junior-to-be.

“It was coach [Charles] Clark. Just ‘we could use you here, we really like you,’” Allen said on the offer and what CU’s staff told him.

The Buffs have been in early contact with Allen and they appear to have taken a liking to Buena Park. Allen played both ways last fall and he said CU is focused on his receiver abilities. He describes his playing style as more of a possession receiver.

“They sent me mail awhile ago, but that was one of my first times,” Allen continued on the Buffs.

Allen recently visited the transfer-QB-snagging University of California and he’s receiving attention from as far as the Midwest.

“Yes sir, Purdue mostly,” Allen said on schools showing the highest levels of interest.

The immensity of CU’s Champions Center left a favorable impression on this 2018 prospect. Allen gives CU the nod over Cal when it comes to facilities.

“It was nice. It was probably one of the biggest one’s I’ve seen,” Allen said of the Champions Center.

“I went up to Cal. It’s way better [facilities at CU].”

The Buena Park representatives at CU’s camp took home a trio of offers. Not uncommon for California-bred players, Allen is focusing on the Pac-12 early in his recruitment.

“My coach got me and a couple of my teammates to go [to Boulder]. Yes sir, [2018 wide receive] Devon Cooley, he’s same class of me, then Ryan Nelson, he’s a lineman. Ryan is 2017,” Alijah Allen said.

“I really like anything in the Pac-12, close to home,” he continued on what he’s looking for in a school. 

On film, Allen shows little fear in his ability to catch the ball in traffic. Step aside incoming contact, possession receiver indeed. Switching to D, he's a stout safety who packs a pop. You can also see the power on offense when he lays out players in the blocking game.

Allen is credited with 26 receptions for 293 yards and a score on offense as a sophomore, adding 49 total tackles (33 solo), per Maxpreps. He’s looking to improve on those numbers this fall. 

“Working on my speed, getting stronger, just getting to know the game better,” Allen said of offseason goals.


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