At 6-foot-4, 260 pounds, Dionte Allen looks the part of a Division I football player. He can run and jump and stood out on the basketball court before leaving it last season to concentrate on football.
Yet, Allen still waits for football scholarship offers to come his way. He makes no excuses as to why that hasn't happened. He knows what he has to do.
"I'm still struggling with my grades," Allen said. "The last couple of years kind of killed me. That's probably the only thing that's holding me back. My GPA is not up to par yet. I need to get to work."
Allen stands out, literally and figuratively, for Jeffersonville (IN) High. He's coming off of a junior season that saw him catch 43 passes for 719 yards and nine touchdowns as a tight end, roll up 381 yards and six scores as a running back and total 36 tackles and 2.5 sacks as an outside linebacker and defensive end.
While coaches still are waiting on his grades before offering a scholarship, they see enough talent in Allen to consistently recruit him. Iowa, Illinois and Louisville are pursuing him the hardest, he said.
"I've been getting things from Iowa since my sophomore year," Allen said. "Coach (Eric) Johnson asked for some film on me. I haven't gotten back to him yet because I don't have my film out."
"I have been getting game invites and letters from (the Hawkeyes) telling me how interested they are in me. They keep me updated on their program.
"I think they're a good school. I can see myself playing within their program."
Allen, who visited Louisville for its spring game, said he is receiving consistent mailings from Tennessee, UCLA, Ohio State, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Louisville, Purdue, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Michigan, Indiana, Ball State, Yale and Illinois.
"It will come down to how comfortable I am," Allen said of what he seeks in a school. "I'm also looking at the strength of the program. I want to go to a winning team. Closeness to home could be a factor. I want my family to see my games."
Allen is considering a major in sports nutrition. If he can get his grades in order, he could be studying at a school whose program will get an athlete capable of big things.
"I think I'm versatile," Allen said. "With my size, I can still move around. I have good hands and an ability to get open for the ball. I'm a football player through and through."