Allport Grabs Two Offers

Pulaski, N.Y., lineman Ian Allport has been waiting patiently since August to pick up a few written scholarship offers and he has done just that over the past several weeks, grabbing one from Albany a while back and another from Syracuse just this past weekend. While more offers could be on the way for him, do not expect a decision to be far from now.

Ian Allport, a 6-foot-5, 299-pound two-way lineman from Pulaski High School picked up two offers from Albany and Syracuse recently and could be deciding very, very soon where he will be spending the next several years of his life. We talked to him recently about his latest offer and what it meant to him.

"I went to meet with Head Coach (Greg) Robinson on Sunday at Syracuse and we sat down and talked for about an hour," Allport explained. "It was actually a very random thing because their coordinator called my coach on Friday and told him to ask me to come down on campus Sunday for a meeting."

"Coach Robinson talked to me about the difference between playing high school and college football and told me that I would have to work really hard and be extremely mentally tough to handle the transition," Allport added. "I told him I was willing to do whatever it takes to get to that level. I can play offensive or defensive line, but he told me that I'd have a better future on the interior offensive line which is fine by me."

Was Allport close to pulling the trigger on Sunday upon learning of the news?

"I definitely thought about committing to SU right then and there. They are close to home and have been my favorite college team my entire life. I also feel comfortable there which is big."

As a junior, Allport made 40 tackles, 10 for loss, five sacks, forced three fumbles and recovered two. He was named first-team All-League at offensive tackle, second-team All-League and defensive tackle, honorable mention All-CNY and second-team All-State.

Allport reports a max bench press of 375 pounds and a max squat of 500 pounds.

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