Beau Allen Draws Big Ten Interest

Beau Allen, a 6-foot-3, 288-pound junior defensive lineman from Minnetonka, is one of the state's top players in the Class of 2010. Allen helped lead the Skippers to a 5-5 mark last season and a 48-13 win over Rochester Mayo in the season opener last Friday. Allen has already received three Big Ten scholarship offers, including Minnesota. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Allen to learn the latest.

Beau Allen attended the Minnesota season opener and GoldenSports.Net got a chance to catch up with him after the game.

Allen was recently named to the KARE 11 preseason All-Metro team. He figures to be one of the most highly recruited players in the state and has already received three scholarship offers.

"There has not been really anything new because they (schools) cannot talk to me until September 1st," he said. "I still have offers from the same schools, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. It is going well. I am looking forward to September 1st, so I can start to hear from some new schools maybe. I have been getting some stuff from far away and that is pretty exciting, like UCLA and Oregon. I just want to have a good year and hopefully that will boost my recruitment a lot."

Allen got a chance to attend some football camps this past summer.

"I just went to Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin, that's all. I was going to go to Notre Dame, but I had a conflict. I am hoping that do all the camps next year. I'm already preparing for that," he said.

Allen said that even though he is just entering his junior season, he is trying to get a fix on what position colleges are looking at him playing.

"That is important to me," he said. "A lot of times D-linemen get moved to O-linemen, that kind of thing. I was talking to all those schools and what they are recruiting me for is D-lineman, I think mostly at tackle. I played end also, but I think that I am more of a tackle."

Minnetonka is expected to be one of the top teams in the state this year. The Skippers won the 2004 Class AAAAA title with a 23-14 win over Classic Lake rival Wayzata. However, they have not been back to the Prep Bowl since, but expectations are high for the team this year.

"I'm really excited. We have something special going on this year," he said. "We played really well Thursday night and we have really high expectations. I think that we are going to do really well. We have a lot of good players coming back like Taylor Nelson (a 6-foot-5 tight end) and Ismail Karon (a 5-foot-11 linebacker/fullback). We have some good young guys too coming up. I really have high expectations. I'm really excited."

Allen and his Minnetonka Skipper teammates will get a tough test Friday against Classic Lake Conference rival Wayzata, which figured to be a good early test for both teams. Allen feels that it's a good challenge, despite the game being so early on the schedule

"I think that it is good," he said. "It separates things and it always good to play Wayzata at home too, especially on a big night like that."

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