Class of 2013 defensive end John Allen stole the show at NC State's recent football camp and he was rewarded with an offer from the Wolfpack.
While most eyes were on the rising senior prospects heading into the camp, Allen stood out as one of the top performers regardless of class. The 6-2, 216-pound rising junior from Ashburn (VA) Stone Bridge was outstanding in drills and one-on-ones and that ultimately led to an offer from NC State.
Allen has run the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds, though his time was in the 4.7-4.8 range at NC State. Regardless of his forty time, Allen can play as evidenced by his stats from his junior season.
At Stone Bridge last year Allen racked up more than 60 tackles, 20 sacks, eight forced fumbles and 11 pass breakups, displaying tremendous versatility and outstanding athleticism. He will certainly head into this fall as one of the top junior prospects in what should be a strong Class of 2013 in Virginia.
"I'll be recruited as either a defensive end or a linebacker," Allen said. "I used to think linebacker was better but I'm starting to like defensive end a lot.
"At NC State I think I did a really good job against all the seniors in the one-on-ones. I did pretty good."
That might be an understatement. The coaches were impressed enough to offer, and most school's offer lists are pretty short when it comes to juniors this time of year.
"I learned a lot from Coach Willis," he explained. "He helped me with a lot of things. I'm really liking them [NC State]. They're probably one of my top schools at the moment. I just felt kind of welcomed there. I wasn't just another prospect. I learned so much from that camp. I like where it's located because it's closer to home."
Boston College and Wake Forest have also offered Allen. He's planning on going to Tennessee later this summer, probably at the end of July.
"I would like to be committed before my senior season," he said.
Camp Standout Lands Wolfpack Offer
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