'I Really, Really Like Kansas State'

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State is eager to replenish the linebacker corps in the 2014 class. Dakota Allen from Summer Creek High School in Houston, Texas has been given an offer from the Wildcats staff and he's anxious to make the trip to Manhattan to find out more about the program.

Allen, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound inside linebacker, spoke to KStateFans.com on where he stands with his recruiting.

"I received the Kansas State offer about a month or so ago," said Allen. "Coach Latimore told me they like me at inside linebacker. They like the way I tackle, my ability to pressure the quarterback, and how I get off my blocks.

"My family and I really, really like Kansas State. The academics there are strong. Talking with Coach Latimore I get the feeling the coaches are for the players and do everything they can to help them be successful. I have seven offers right now, but I'd put Kansas State among my favorites for sure. They're waiting me to come up now for a visit, but I don't think I'll be able to make an unofficial visit until the summer."

Allen has been a starter for Summer Creek Bulldogs football since his freshman year. At Will linebacker, he lead the team in tackles with 102 and was named first team All-District (19/4A).

"I came into the season a lot stronger which helped me separate from my blocks," he stated. "I also played faster getting good pressure on the quarterback and containing the running back. With the amount of game experience I have, I feel like I play smart, trust my instincts, and make good reads."

As previously stated by Allen, he hold seven D-1 offers from Colorado, Houston, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas, Louisiana-Lafayette, and Kansas State. He'd said he would like to make a determination on college prior to his senior year of high school.

"The first thing is finding a great academic institution," Allen said in making a selection. "I'd like to play for coaches and with players who I get along with. It has to be somewhere I see myself fitting in. I looking at making my commitment somewhere between the middle and end of summer."

Allen earned second place in the state in the 220-pound weight class in 2013. His father, Keith Allen, played at the University of Texas for Fred Akers in the early 80's.

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