QB, Allen Evridge isn't a name that is all that familiar to you. Quite frankly, it's not a name that was known that much at all, especially within the state. A resident of Nebraska for only one year, Allen hasn't had much time to familiarize himself with the state and most notably, it's most ardent tradition.
So, you will have to forgive Allen if his recent pledge to Nebraska wasn't the realization of a childhood fantasy. Well, it was and it wasn't. "I didn't grow up dreaming to be a Husker." Allen said. "I've only lived here a year, but I have always wanted to play football for a Division 1 program."
Allen certainly hit that particular criteria in his pledge to NU, but it wasn't the only thing on his mind. In fact, if not for the recent offensive changes NU is supposed to be making under new offensive coordinator, Barney Cotton, he wouldn't be a Husker at all. "That's the biggest reason why I considered Nebraska." Allen said. "If they hadn't done that or were going to be like they were a few years ago, I probably would have went to Iowa State."
The Cyclones and also, Colorado State had offered Evridge followed then by the Huskers. An offer that came just this last Monday. "I was at football and got home and my dad said I had some mail and I was looking at it and it was like, ‘oh, sweet'." Allen said.
To reiterate though, while some native Nebraskans might have fainted at the sight of the offer in the mail, Allen took it in stride. And not necessarily just because he isn't from the Husker state, but within that 6'1", 200 lbs. frame, there lies a little bit of confidence as well. "I have found myself watching those guys (Division 1-A players) and got to looking at how big they are, how fast they are and I knew that I matched up pretty well." he said. You can add a 4.5 electronic time to that along with a 3.84 electronic pro-agility time just to get a better idea of what Allen brings to the table.
That's not all as Allen brings confidence and a bit of an attitude as well. Not an arrogant mind you, just a will to set the goal in front of him and go after it, never letting up. That's how he looks at the game, no matter what the level. "I am about giving everything I have." Allen said. "You just go out there, try your hardest and leave everything on the field."
What that everything defines for Allen isn't on what he can do, but what he will do and now that his pledge is out of the way, he looks to the future and NU's new future and how he will be a part of it. "I"m basically one of the new recruits of this whole thing." Allen said in reference to the changes at Nebraska. "And I want to start and play as early as I can."
Early doesn't always mean the second a guy steps on campus as Allen sees a more ideal way to go. "I think redshirting is just the best way to go." he said. "That way I can help the team more because I will know a lot more about what's going on and how things are done."
Allen said that he would forego that redshirt if needed, but plans to simply follow what the coaches say right now and as they say, go with the flow.
As order goes, Allen is the third commitment for the Huskers this year, seemingly in the midst of a flurry of commits happening in the last two days. Again though, he's not a name that will be lost, because if he has anything to say about it, that simply won't happen. He's bottom-line and "effort" kind of guy that believes in giving everything you have and letting the chips fall where they may, but at the same time, he knows what he can do.
"I look at most of them and say that I can be as good, but I am not one of those kind of guys that talks a lot." Allen said.
"Anyone can be beaten, so you just go out there, leave everything on the field and no matter what happens, there are no questions about how much you tried to get there."
Steve Ryan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-730-5619