For a school with less than 1000 in enrollment, Pahokee (FL) high sure does churn out talent. Year after year "Muck City" boasts one of the highest concentrations of collegiate level prospects in the country. It's why the nation's power programs make stopping there a priority. That has certainly been the case for Rich Rodriguez's Michigan Wolverines. Two years ago the Maize & Blue harvested Martavious Odoms. They followed that up last year with Vincent Smith and Brandin Hawthorne. Now they're back hoping to lure even more talented options, one of which is LB/ATH Zachary Allen.
"They made it by…. I think it was Thursday," Allen said regarding the Wolverines. "They offered me a scholarship."
The assistant in charge of recruiting Pahokee is quarterbacks coach Rod Smith. While he couldn't speak with Allen during the visit, he has been able to chat with him over the phone in recent days.
"He is a cool guy," Allen said of Smith. "We are kind of building a relationship because we just started talking. It has gone well so far. He is a pretty cool guy."
Helping Smith in efforts to land more of Pahokee's finest is the triumvirate of players he previously convinced to don the winged helmet.
"Martavious said he likes it up there so far," Allen reported. Me and Brandin were close friends in high school. They told me that when I get ready to make my decision, make sure that Michigan is a place that I'm considering. They're saying Pahokee is taking over Michigan. They're enjoying their time up there."
While the presence of the aforementioned Pahokee alums is a feather in the Wolverines' recruiting cap, beating out the stiff completion for Allen's services won't be an easy task.
"I have a lot of offers," he said. "The ones I can remember off the top of my head are Miami, Louisville, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Purdue. I don't have a favorite. I'm wide open. I'm open to going anywhere."
"I set a date (to make a decision) for September 25th, but I probably will change it," Allen stated. "We're going to go on a (camp) tour (this summer). I hope we hit Michigan."
And if he doesn't make it to Ann Arbor during the summer?
"Oh yeah… I'll still visit Michigan," he said. "They already have their slot."