Allen Fails Passes MSU Camp Test

East Central (MS) Community College sophomore outside linebacker Allen Fails talks about his camp experience at Mississippi State.

  • Name: Allen Fails
  • Classification: Sophomore
  • Junior College: East Central (MS) Community College
  • High School: North Forest (MS) High School
  • Position: Outside Linebacker
  • HT: WT: 6-foot-4, 215
  • Ranking: NR
  • Schools Of Interest: Cincinnati, Memphis, Mississippi State, South Alabama

  • "It was a great experience," said Fails, who ran a 4.5 forty-yard dash and had a 36 inch vertical jump. "It was a blessing being able to come here. I learned a lot of new things. I learned how to stay low, use our hips and have power, and how to make a tackle on the run."

    Coming to camps are not only for improving your overall game but also for being evaluated. And it appears that Fails did extremely well in that regard as well because one of the MSU coaches told him after the camp that Mississippi State will be recruiting him.

    "I talked to (defensive back) Coach Tony Hughes," said Fails. "He said they liked what I did earlier and were very impressed. He said they are going to start recruiting me."

    Fails is excited about the possibility of having a chance to continue his football career at Mississippi State.

    "It feels good," said Fails. "I love it. It is a blessing. Mississippi State has always been my dream school. I would like to play here one day. Most of my family came here. My cousin, Michael Gholar, played here."

    Mississippi State is one of several colleges showing interest in the athletic linebacker.

    "Schools that are talking to me are Memphis, University of Cincinnati and South Alabama," said Fails. "They tell me that they like my size and what they have heard about my work ethic. I have pretty good grades, all As and Bs. And I will graduate in December."

    Fails will continue his college camp tour.

    "I went to the camp at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio," he said. "I enjoyed myself up there. I plan on going to Southern Miss and Memphis soon"

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