Allen, who holds an offer from Troy and is hearing from a host of other schools, including Auburn, spent his first three seasons at Abbeville (Ala.) High. However, he went to grammar and middle school in Montclair, N.J., and is returning there for his senior season.
“He just came back a few days ago,” said Montclair coach John Fiore, who took Allen to see Rutgers’ practice. “He was living with his aunt in Alabama, but he is from Montclair and will be playing for us.”
Allen made 68 catches for 1,150 yards and had 11 touchdowns as a junior, but he played at small school in Alabama and didn’t get a lot of notoriety. However, that should change as he transitions to Montclair, which is one of the top public school programs in New Jersey.
“He’s going to blow up,” Fiore said. “He’s got good body control, and he goes up and gets the ball. He’s going to play defensive end for us and replace (Ohio State-bound) Darius Slade and also play receiver on the outside. “
At this point, schools are looking at Allen as a receiver, but his frame means he could turn into a tight end if he gains the weight. Fiore said Allen runs a sub 4.7 in the 40-yard dash.
“He is going to get a lot of looks,” Fiore said. “He is a very intriguing prospect but a lot of schools don’t know about him. It won’t be like that for long.”