Allen Makes Return Visit

Montclair (N.J.) High athlete Joshua Allen made a return trip to Rutgers on Tuesday, and afterward he spoke with Scout about it.

One of the more intriguing prospects in New Jersey’s 2015 class is Montclair (N.J.) High athlete Joshua Allen, who moved back to the state after playing in Alabama the last few years.

Schools are showing interest in the 6-foot-4, 213-pound Allen, but each want to see him in action before extending an offer.

The school with the most contact is Rutgers, where Allen visited for the second time in a few weeks Tuesday, and where he will return to Saturday for the home opener against Howard.

“They’re a high-motor team, willing to get after it,” Allen said. “They’re trying to win a championship, like everybody else.”

Allen transferred to Montclair from Abbeville (Ala.) High and arrived in August. He is coming off a 68-catch season in which he had more than 1,100 receiving yards, and now is playing at the top public school in North Jersey.

He is also hearing from Arkansas, Auburn, South Alabama and Troy, and schools are looking at him as a receiver, defensive end or tight end. At Rutgers, his time was split watching a pair of position groups.

“I watched the defensive ends and the wide receivers,” Allen said. “I don’t know much about them. They just went to the Big Ten, and it’s a good academic school. That’s about it.”

Allen doesn’t yet have a cell phone, so his contact with coaches is limited. He speaks with coach Kyle Flood, defensive line coach Jim Panagos and receivers coach Ben McDaniels.

“They’re funny,” he said. “They’re cool. I like them.”

The only other school Allen visited was Auburn.

“I call them occasionally,” he said. “They’re recruiting me as a tight end. The first thing they said to me was they like me on tape. They just want to see me in person.

“They want to see my energy. They want to see if I can compete with people bigger than me, faster than me, stronger than me. They want to see if I can play all four downs throughout the game and not get tired.”


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