Another Allison on the Rise

This coming Sunday, Jan. 29, the OSU game day, is a 'Junior Day' for Michigan -- a day when probably 20 or more junior football prospects and their parents/coaches will come in for unofficial visits. We thought one of the visitors would quite possibly be WR/S <b>Ryan Allison</b>, brother of recent signee Roger Allison. Ryan's stock has risen since the recent U.S. Army Combine. Last night we talked to Ryan's father about things.

Wide receiver Ryan Allison from Lake Orion Mich. attended the recent U.S. Army Combine, where he had the most bench press reps. by far of all the 50 wideouts there (also only one DB had more reps.). Ryan also had the fourth best wideout 40 time on a notoriously 'slow track'. His stats were: 6-2 1/2, 195 lbs, 4.59 in the 40, 4.47 shuttle, 29 inch vertical jump, 16 bench press reps.

"Ryan was probably the biggest receiver down there," Mr. Allison told us. "He's gotten huge! He's 6-3, 200 lbs. And his 40 time was 4.59 which doesn't sound that fast, but on that slow indoor carpet at the Alamodome ... it was the third or fourth fastest at his position I believe."

We wouldn't worry about it -- people have learned that the Alamodome times are extremely high. If he goes to a Nike Camp his times will be better.

"He'll probably go to a Nike Camp. The Ohio State one is closest this year."

Okay, down to brass tacks. What kind of contact has Michigan had with Ryan?

"Ryan is invited to Junior Day next weekend, and he's going. Michigan has been sending him letters. And Coach Carr stopped by the school shortly before Signing Day."

What other schools have been in contact?

"He went to an MSU Junior Day a week ago. And Wisconsin has been sending him stuff. Nobody has offered him yet, but I just sent out Ryan's film to schools. Last year I'd sent Roger's film out real early, so everyone already had it by now."

Is Ryan strictly a wide receiver?

"That's pretty much all he played last year. Lake Orion uses a platoon system so kids don't generally play both ways. He played some safety -- he was the nickle back. And he returned punts, and played on special teams. Ryan is a real good all around athlete. Colleges are looking at him at safety and wide receiver."

And does Ryan have a favorite or favorites?

"Well, he does like Michigan a lot."

By the way, are you moving soon?

"Yes, to the West Coast. Ryan's mother is already out there a lot of the time. I'll stay back here until Ryan graduates from high school, and then I'll join her."

Will the effect where Ryan goes to college?

"No, not necessarily. Ryan can go wherever he wants. I have sent his film to Pac Ten schools however."

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