Is Duke A Player For Hot 100 RB?

After building a solid base along the recruiting trail, the next step in the rebuilding effort in Durham will be landing the kind of high major talent that stocks rosters from Boston to Southern Florida. Perhaps the highest rated target on the board continually lists the Blue Devils among college football's elite power programs. And he continued to do so recently.

"Right now the schools I'm considering are Notre Dame, USC, Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, Duke, and Georgia," says Hialeah-Miami Lakes standout tailback Armando Allen. "I have a lot of offers, but those are the schools I'm looking at the most at this time."

Rated as a four-star prospect, the No. 89 overall player, and the No. 10 running back in the nation by Scout.com, Allen has the opportunity to go anywhere he wants – as his list of top schools well indicates. So with college football's heavy weights sniffing around, what is the attraction of the Duke program?

"With Duke it's all about the kind of academic career I could have. A degree from a place like that can set you up for life, even if things don't work out on the football field. They are also really building things up there, if they get some wins this year I think they'll really start to appeal to other big time players."

Allen appeared on Duke's recruiting radar over a year ago as head coach Ted Roof and company were recruiting Hialeah's standout quarterback, Thaddeus Lewis. Shortly after he committed to Duke, Lewis began spreading the word that he'd love to take some of that high major Miami area talent with him to the Triangle.

"He's talked to me about it, and we're going to talk this season to see how things go. I'm interested to see what happens with them."

Despite the high marks Allen bestows on the Duke program to this point, there is still a large mountain for the Blue Devil staff to climb before they can even began to hope for a commitment. Such as earning one of the five official visits.

"Right now I'm not really looking into the recruiting process as much because I am focused on really working to have a big senior year and get my team ready to make a run. After the season is when I'll really start to look at things hard."

Of course a couple of the programs on his list have already started greasing the wheels towards keeping the 5-foot-10, 185 pounder's attention.

"One thing I really liked was that Coach Weiss and Coach Meyer have both been down here to see me practice. The fact that they think enough of me to travel all the way down here to watch me practice says a lot."

Allen, who is a likely candidate to make a strong run for the Annual US Army All-American game, ran for just over 1,000 yards in nine games as a junior last season. He averaged nine yards per carry against some of the best competition in the entire nation. He had 12 rushing touchdowns. His 4.35 time in the forty has been verified in a number of different venues.


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