Player Spotlight: Jonathan Allen
"I'm having a great season," said Jonathan Allen. "We're ready for the playoffs, but have one regular season game left with Fairfax. I've performed pretty good this year. I always feel like there's room to improve. Hopefully I'll be at my best in the playoffs."
The Stone Bridge Bulldogs are currently 8-1. Allen started off the season in a big way in the Robinson game with 13 tackles and four sacks to help preserve a 3-0 win. The defense has two shutouts to their credit, and two more contests where they allowed only one score in their nine games. Allen's presence has played a big part in their success.
"They move me around a lot on the line to prevent me from being double-teamed," Allen said. "I've played nose guard, defensive tackle, and defensive end. I like to play on the end most because that's where I have the most experience, but I feel like I'm versatile and can play anywhere."
Allen, 6-foot-3, 220-pounds, received his first offer one month prior to the season from Wake Forest. Then Virginia, Boston College, North Carolina State, and Maryland came in with offers of their own.
"I've heard good things about Wake Forest from one of my coaches," said Allen, "but I can't really say much about them until I go for a visit. I've been to the N.C. State for the Georgia Tech game. This weekend I'm making my first trip to Maryland for the game with Virginia. I'm planning on visiting Boston College in the off-season."
Although Allen isn't ready to make his commitment quite yet, he does have a timeframe he'd like to make a decision by as well as a couple of favorites.
"The coaches at N.C. State really impressed me," Allen said. "I'd say they are my number one right now with UVA a close second. I like Coach London (at UVA) and know a lot of the players like Rob Burns who played at Stone Bridge.
"My parents are excited, but they told me this is going to be my decision. I'd like to have it made by the end of summer before my senior year."
Allen said the Wake Forest offer came via phone call to his head coach, Mickey Thompson. Thompson is the father of twins, Zach and Patrick Thompson, who are currently playing football at Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons feature a third Stone Bridge alum on their roster in linebacker Mike Olson. Those connections could prove useful in Wake Forest's pursuit of Allen. After this weekend's trip to College Park, Allen's main focus will be on Virginia's Group AAA Division 5 playoffs.
"I feel like my strength has improved this year," Allen said. "Last year I played at 205, so I'm up about 15 pounds. My speed is the same, and I've maintained my quickness and agility. Heading into the playoffs, we all need to bring our best game and make another run."
Last year, Allen's first as a starter, Stone Bridge had an undefeated regular season and made it to the state finals where they fell to Phoebus, 36-17. The game was played in Charlottesville. In addition to Allen, the Bulldog team features junior Ryan Burns at quarterback who has ACC offers from Boston College and UVA.
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