Shrine Bowl Spotlight: Dwayne Allen

ROEBUCK, S.C. --- Dwayne Allen didn't know how productive he'd be for North Carolina's Shrine Bowl team.

Allen, a 6-foot-4, 230-pounder from Fayetteville (N.C.) Sanford, wasn't dealing with a nagging injury or the transition to a new position. Prior to his arrival, he was bit by the flu bug.

"Thanks to the great training staff, my throat got cleared up," Allen said. "Really, they did a great job. I'd probably be sick without them. Things are going a lot better now that my throat is cleared up."

Feeling "ten times better" as he put it, Allen has been able to show NC's coaching staff what he's capable of during practice.

"They run that Power I, so they throw the ball to the tight end," Allen said. "The coaches see I can catch it and get up field with it, so we're not going to be afraid to throw it [to the tight end]."

Allen is battling Marshall pledge Jamie Hatton (Hendersonville, N.C.) for reps at tight end. Allen is confident that he'll start.

Before landing in Spartanburg – and getting sick – Allen, who maintains he's committed to Georgia, entertained in-home visits with Clemson, Florida State, NC State, and Virginia Tech.

When Allen returns to Fayetteville, he'll welcome Tommy Thigpen, who is handling his recruitment for North Carolina, into his home. Thigpen and Allen communicate frequently and most recently spoke Sunday night.

"He wants to get my mom up to Chapel Hill," Allen said. "I've been up there plenty of times, but my mom hasn't been there once."

Allen plans to make that trip happen for his mother in January.

"I believe we're going up there on the 11th and 12th for the NC State-Carolina basketball game," Allen said.

That visit, Allen says, will "probably" be of the official variety.

Allen, who has already officially visited Georgia, will also make an official trip to Virginia Tech.

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