Final Evaluation: Brian Allen

Just days away from National Signing Day, Spartan Digest gives our final evaluations on the members of the 2014 Michigan State recruiting class. This is not a star ranking, but a look at a prospects overall physical ability and on field ability. We continue with center Brian Allen.

The secret to the success Michigan State has enjoyed since Mark Dantonio took over the Spartans football programs has been finding athletes who fit their style of play and by developing players who have yet to reach their full potential.

In our final evaluation series, we look at more than just highlight film as we evaluate athletic ability and future potential.

We work on a 1-to-5 scale in each area with five being the highest grade a prospect can receive.


Prospect needs major work in area: = 1
Prospect rough on the edges in area: = 2
Prospect is where he should be in area: = 3
Prospect shows major promise in area: = 4
Prospect is above average in area: = 5


Much like his brother, Brian Allen may not have the height a college coach looks for when they start the recruiting process. However, projected as a center, he's got the weight ready to battle at the college level and shows the ability to reach second level defender. Grade: 2


With a wrestling background, Allen understands leverage and does a good job of keeping his balance. Shows quickness out of the snap and the agility needed for a center to play at a high level. Grade: 3


Allen's low center of gravity with his solid base and natural ability to bend provides him with the ability to have great explosion giving him not only brute strength but solid recoil in his lower body. Combine the two and you have a prospect that should be expected to fight early to see time on the field. Grade: 4


If he's anything like his brother we fully expect Allen to be on the field early in his career. Height not as much of a factor at the center position and what he lacks in that department he makes up for it with his willingness to battle to the end of the whistle. Solid run blocker who will need some fine tuning in pass pro. Grade: 4

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