With several commitments on the board from the skill positions and linebacker, NC State will likely focus quite a bit of attention on the offensive and defensive line over the coming months. They recently threw their hat in the ring with one of Georgia's top offensive line prospects when they extended an offer to Zachary Allen from Tift County High School in Tifton, Ga.
Despite all-region, all-area, class 5A all-state honors and being named the most valuable offensive lineman at the Nike Camp held in Athens, Ga, Allen has spent much of this recruiting season under the radar. At 6-2, 300 pounds, the rising senior doesn't boast the prototypical height that many college scouts look for in a player. But his production on Friday nights is unquestioned. He graded out at 90% on the season and was a huge factor behind a stellar 12-2 season for the Blue Devils. Allen helped bulldoze the way for the team's first thousand yard rusher and passer in recent memory.
Recruited primarily as a center or offensive guard, Allen has earned early offers from Troy, South Florida, UAB and Middle Tennessee State. Leaning on his ties to the state of Georgia, NC State LB coach Andy McCollum added the Wolfpack to Allen's offer sheet several weeks ago.
"I want to say that State offered back at the end of June or early July," said Allen. "We had a chance to go up there and visit a week or so ago. We met up with coach McCollum and got to tour everything and it's a great school. The facilities are nice.
"We also had a chance to meet up with coach Rice and he was a nice guy but most all of the other coaches were out."
Allen added that coach McCollum has made a huge impression in a short period of time.
"Coach Mac is a really nice guy," said Allen. "He's a comedian and real easy to get along with and talk to. He's a just a real easy going guy."
Allen said he's got three schools at the top of his list but there's a fairly large gap between number one and the rest.
"NC State is number one by far," he said. "I also like Troy and South Florida.
"I really like the area around NC State and they have a nice city up there. I feel like I'd be able to fit in and it would be nice to get a degree from there."
If Allen stays on his current course, Wolfpack fans may not have to wait long on a potential commitment.
"I've been thinking about committing pretty soon," he said. "I'd say I'll probably do something within a month."