RECRUITING: Allen Still Won't List Favorites

He is planning on enrolling early into the college of his choice, yet Hialeah Miami-Lakes running back Armando Allen is still not ready to trim his list of schools down. He is possibly the most sought after running back in perhaps the best year for running backs ever in Florida but Allen is taking his time and getting ready for his senior season. BONUS: New highlight video!

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"We are doing some weights and a little bit of conditioning these days," Armando Allen said Wednesday night. "Today was upper body and then we do lower body on opposite days. We will be working out until football season starts."

Allen is eyeballing a special season for his Miami-Lakes team. He is looking to outdo the 120-plus yards per game he averaged during a junior year in which he scored 12 rushing touchdowns. He says the other seniors on his team are also ready to live up to their potential.

"We are looking pretty good," said the 5-10, 190-pounder who has been timed at 4.35 in the 40-yard dash. "All the seniors are stepping up and being team leaders. My whole offensive line returns from last year. So I really like that group."

He has stayed busy with his training this summer and he has taken one trip already. For now that lone five-day trip to the University of Florida for a camp and junior day looks like it will be his only time away from home.

"I am not going anywhere at all," he said. "If I could get anything in by the end of July I wouldn't mind, but it doesn't look like I will have time."

The trip to Gainesville happened a month ago and he has had a little time to reflect on it. Allen showed up for the junior day one day prior to camp, and spent the rest of the first session with the coaches and the camp.;

"That trip was pretty nice," he said. "I thought the coaching staff is really close with the team. And riding round the campus was really nice. The junior day was nice seeing all the top guys they are recruiting. I had a good time. I saw Tim Tebow. He was cool."

Stan Drayton coaches the running backs at the University of Florida and was with Allen as much as he could be with the camp going on. Allen got a close glimpse of what could be his possible position coach in the future.

"Coach Drayton is a nice dude," he said. "He is down to earth and is going to tell you like it is at Florida. He doesn't sugarcoat anything like a lot of coaches do. He says exactly what it will be like if I come there.

"He told me if I come to Florida he will play the best whoever it is. He said he will push me to my maximum potential and I liked that."

As for now, Allen isn't willing or isn't able to name any list of favorites or anywhere he knows he will visit in the fall. It is something that is strange for someone that doesn't have all fall and January to make those choices. All he could muster is which schools are really coming at him the hardest.

"Florida is definitely recruiting me the hardest," he said. "Tennessee is recruiting me the second hardest right now with Coach Trooper Taylor."

It seems as if it will be a battle for Armando Allen, although probably well worth it in the end. He has great vision and his state championship in the 110 hurdles highlights his athletic prowess. He can literally run over, under, around or through his opponents when he has to.

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