Allen gives the latest

2014 Tallahassee (Fla.) North Florida Christian defensive back/wide receiver Jakari Allen has an offer from ECU and was close to committing this summer. Inside ECU Sports spoke with him.

Jakari Allen from North Florida Christian High School in Tallahassee, Florida is a talented two-position standout. Playing on both sides of the ball at defensive back and wide receiver, he has multiple schools that have extended offers.

ECU was one of the first schools to offer Allen and after a visit in July he was ready to commit. Unfortunately all of the defensive back spots for the 2014 were filled so he was unable to pledge for the class.

Allen has since gotten more offers and shifted his focus from the Pirates.

"My new top three is Appalachian State, Middle Tennessee State and Marshall (in order based on interest)," the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Allen said. "I've been talking with my coach about getting up to Appalachian for a visit soon."

Another in-state school has shown interest in Allen recently.

"Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University just offered me," Allen said. "With the season going on it's difficult to stay on top of recruiting, but I'm trying to take as many visits as I can before committing."

Last time we spoke, Allen expected to see more time on the offensive side of the ball in 2013. Despite a couple early injuries this season, he has shown production offensively.

"I'm playing more offense this season at receiver," he said. "Our team is doing well so far, but I just came off of a two-game injury. I hurt my ankle in the first game and reinjured it before the second. I played in the third game and had a touchdown to go along with a couple of catches."

After not hearing from ECU defensive coordinator Rick Smith (his recruiter) in a while, Allen plans on looking into the other schools that have shown interest. He would like to visit Samford when he gets the chance.

Allen mentioned if he excels this season at wide receiver and ECU gives him a call he would love to play for the Pirates at that position.

As far as committing goes, Allen will wait until he takes more visits. Look for him to make a decision closer to signing day. If he winds up at ECU he'll have to turn heads with success at wide receiver this season.

His offers include Appalachian State, Jacksonville State, Marshall, Samford and East Carolina. Iowa State, Middle Tennessee State and Liberty have also shown interest.


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