State Powerlifting Champ Seeking Offers

Ryan Allen is the reigning Class 3A state powerlifting champion in Texas, and the West Orange-Stark strongman is seeking his first football scholarship offer. At 6-foot-0, 315 pounds, Allen -- who squats 665 pounds -- is an immovable object along the interior defensive line.

"I'm getting close to a couple of offers," said Ryan Allen. "Utah and Baylor are talking to me every other day. Coach (Carlton) Buckels is recruiting me for Baylor. He's cool.

"I mostly played offensive line last year, but colleges are looking at me for defense. I'm also hearing from Missouri, Louisiana Tech, SMU, Houston, Iowa State, Arkansas, LSU and Colorado."

The state powerlifting champion in his weight class, Allen - who runs a respectable 5.1 in the 40 - bench presses 405 pounds, squats 665, cleans 320 and dead lifts a whopping 670 pounds.

"I broke Mark Henry's (U.S. Olympian) high school record in the dead lift," said Allen. "In football, I averaged probably nine pancakes each game last year. I have good quickness and strength.

"I only played defense in goal-line situations last year, but I'm going both ways this year and I'm going to be the real deal."

In 2010, West-Orange Stark went 8-3 in an emotionally wrenching season. QB Reggie Garrett collapsed and died after throwing a touchdown pass in the Mustangs' week three win over Jasper.

"It was pretty tough for us after he passed away," said Allen. "We would go to practice, knowing he wasn't going to be there. We're dedicating this season to him and the key to our success will be team unity.

"We have a fast, 3-4 defense, led by cornerbacks Justin Thomas and DaCarlos Renfro. They both run a 4.3 in the 40-yard dash."

WO-S is looking for payback in the opener versus Friendswood, a team that edged the Mustangs last year in a 35-34 shootout. Depending on where he lines up, Allen could find himself matched up with Friendswood's stalwart offensive tackle Seaver Myers in that game.

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