Florida RB Has Top 40 Time

Armando Allen might be the best running back prospect in the state of Florida this year.

In nine regular season games last season, the Hialeah (Fla.) Miami Lakes star back had 1,095 yards and 12 touchdowns on just 122 carries.

"We used two running backs last year and (then senior) Anthony (Henderson) had a lot of carries too," Allen said. "Since he graduated, I'll get a lot more carries as a senior. He was a great back though."

Henderson had 104 carries, just 18 fewer than Allen. The two have shared the load at running back for the past three seasons.

"In ninth grade, I missed five games to injury but I started some," he said. "In 10th, I had about 1,100 yards. I was the H-Back in 10th but that's when I started getting some long runs. Then I had a bunch of them as a junior (finishing with an impressive 9-yards per carry)."

Armando Allen, 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, is one of the fastest recruits in this year's class. His 4.38/40 time at the Scout.com National Combine in January was by far the best there among 300+ participants. Sure enough, that's where Allen's focus is now -- track.

"I haven't even been keeping up with recruiting for football," he said. "I'm focused on track -- focused on winning a state championship in the hurdles (Allen recently ran a 13.98/110m hurdles).

Allen, who took the SAT for the first time April 1, has offers coming from every direction. He might be the most heavily recruited running back in Florida. Listening to him, you'd never know it.

"There are a lot of great backs," he said. "Hopefully I can have a good season and win a state track championship and start preparing for football season. I'm blessed with some great coaches and some good offensive lineman."

One of the reasons Allen isn't focused on recruiting right now is because he understands how overrated early offers are.

"A lot of schools send out early offers but what do they really mean," he said. "Our QB last year (Thaddeus Lewis) had a bunch of offers early on but then towards the end of the season, a lot of those schools weren't even around when he was starting to look around for visits and stuff. I really only matters who stays on you until the end and that's what will be important to me."

The star running back isn't ready to single out any favorites. In fact, he doesn't even know a whole lot about some of these schools.

"I wasn't really into college football growing up," he said. "A lot of this will be new to me. I know I'm looking for a good academic situation and a place where I'll feel comfortable."

Allen had hoped to make a couple unofficial visits during the spring but the first two he had scheduled didn't happen.

"I was supposed to go up to Auburn for Junior Day but we had a track meet," he said. "I was supposed to go to Florida for theirs but I had the SAT."

Many people assume the hometown Hurricanes will put on the full court press to land the local runner.

"UM's a nice place," he said. "To be honest, though, I haven't even thought much about recruiting. All my focus right now is on track and then I'll turn to spring football."

One interesting note about Allen is that his senior year may end a semester early.

"If I win a state championship in track I'm going to try graduating in December and starting college in January," he said.

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