Dawg Post Review: Patrick Allen

Dean Legge reviews every member of Georgia's class of 2015 - today Patrick Allen.

Patrick Allen
Offensive Lineman
Franklin – Reisterstown, MD

Stars: 4
No. 217 overall player in the country
No. 19 OL in the country
No. 5 overall player in Maryland

Pat Allen drove all night to get to Athens. Once he got to the Mark Richt Camp in the summer of 2014, he was amazing to see. A four-star left tackle from Maryland, Allen was a sight for sore eyes in that summer. Georgia wasn’t ever going to sign Clemson’s Mitch Hyatt; the Bulldogs were going to have issues keeping Chuma Edoga in state as well. But Will Friend and the Bulldogs knew they had to address the future at left tackle - and in this class.

That’s why Allen’s commitment on August 4th was so huge for the Bulldogs.

“I know that y’all are really hype to know that i am officially committing to the University of Georgia,” Allen tweeted that day.

Georgia’s staff was hyped for sure.

"It felt like the right school,” Allen later said of Georgia. “It’s a great school and the whole time during season they were on mind. They were recruiting me, and I was always thinking about them - Georgia stood out to me.”

“He is really athletic, and he fires off the ball at the snap incredibly well,” said Scout National Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn.

But then the season ended and Friend left with Mike Bobo for Colorado State. That left some doubt in Allen’s mind about what the future would be in Athens. He de-committed from Georgia around New Year’s, and Tennessee and Oklahoma got back in the mix. The pull to Athens, however, was too much. On Signing Day, Allen ended what had been a crazy final six weeks of recruiting for him and signed with Georgia.

“As I thought about it through my recruiting process, nothing really changed,” Allen said. “It was just the feel for the coaches that changed. My love for the area, the people down there, the school itself never changed. It was just getting to know the new coaches.”

HONORS: Scout.com four-star prospect, No 217 overall prospect in the nation and No. 21 OT in the country… 2015 Semper Fi All-American… PrepStar Magazine four-star prospect, No. 250 ranked player in the nation on Top 300 All-America Team… 2014 All-State Offensive Player of the Year… Member of 2014 Consensus All-State team… Selected to Baltimore Sun All-Metro first team

SCOUTING: Allen gets off quickly at the snap and once he engages, he locks on and does a good job driving his legs and finishing the play. At times, he is powerful with his initial punch and drives the defensive player backward, but he needs more consistency. He has good feet, but he needs to improve his kickstep to be effective against speed rushers on the edge. He is long and athletic, and his ability to develop makes him an ideal prospect. - Brian Dohn

LEGGE’S QUESTION: Will Allen be ready to take over the left tackle spot in 2016?

LEGGE’S THOUGHTS: If there was one player the Bulldogs almost had to have, it was Pat Allen. Considering the nature of recruiting in college football, there are only so many positions that can really make a difference on the field, and Allen, a left tackle, plays one of those spots. Georgia nearly lost him after Will Friend left with Mike Bobo for Colorado State. But Georgia got it together and pulled him back to Athens in the end. Allen should be the left tackle of the future for the Bulldogs—he’s long, and in the SEC that’s something you have to have at left tackle. He should play in 2015, but his time to shine will be in 2016 and beyond. He’s got the potential to be an NFL draft pick if he develops and stays injury free. Pat Allen is a great pick up for Georgia.

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