Allen takes over top spot in South

Marcus Lattimore did nothing wrong and he will produce in college at a very high level, but Keenan Allen did everything right over the past 12 months.

It started at the Scout Combine in Charlotte for Keenan Allen where he made many spectacular plays during the one on ones.

Then throughout the season, he dominated on both sides of the ball at safety and wide receiver. He took that dominance with him to the Shrine Bowl making one-handed grabs, leaping over double coverage at wideout to bring passes in, and starring on both sides of the ball once more.

From Spartanburg he took his game to San Antonio where he was blocking field goals, picking passes off, and making a case for the top player in the country.

He did not end up on top overall, but he did in the South. His performance this year took him from a four-star to a five-star mid way through the season and he jumped from a prospect at number 50 now to the number five overall senior in the country.

Allen is a 6-foot-3, 206 pound athlete that could play safety or wide receiver on the next level. He is currently committed to Alabama and he talked with them about playing both sides of the ball in Tuscaloosa.

Scout sees him as a safety because of the tools he has to change a game there. He is physical enough where he supports the run well, he covers a wide range in the secondary, he closes on the ball very well, and his ball skills are like a top wideout.

If he ended up on the offensive side of the ball, then he would bring sticky hands, the ability to go up and get the ball at its highest point, the speed to stretch the field vertically, and a physical guy that could catch the ball in traffic.

Allen has it all and that is why he is now the number player in the South for Scout. He earned it over the past year against high level competition and he is a game-changer that should add another prospect to play in the NFL after learning from Nick Saban.

Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Manager for the South Region and he can be reached at

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