Pahokee (FLA) High School is one of the Sunshine State’s most prolific when it comes to churning out division one prospects. Just last year the school produced four major FBS signees including Jarvis Byrd (NC State), Vincent Smith (Michigan), Nu’Keese Richardson (Tennessee) and Carlos Lammons (Buffalo).
The class of 2010 looks promising as well with rising senior LB Zachary Allen emerging as one of Pahokee’s rising stars for next season. At 6-2, 190 pounds he doubled at tight end and linebacker last year. On offense he tallied five catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns. While on defense Allen tallied 50 tackles, 25 tackles for loss and 10 sacks.
Recruited primarily as an outside linebacker in college, Allen says that he’s put together an impressive collection of scholarship offers so far.
“I’m up to 11 offers so far,” he said. “I’ve got West Virginia, FIU, Miami, Ole Miss, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest are the ones I can remember off the top of my head. All of the offers really give me motivation and it encourages me to keep working hard to try to get better on the field.”
After landing Jarvis Byrd in the class of 2009, NC State is one of the schools keeping a close eye on Allen. The Wolfpack has yet to offer but Allen indicated he hopes that will change over the next few weeks.
“I haven’t gotten an offer from NC State but I’m waiting on that now. They’re one of my top schools. I haven’t talked to anyone up there yet but they’ve been sending me some mail. By watching them on TV last year, I really like their style of defense.”
While still early in the recruiting process, Allen said he’s taking everything in stride for now and keeping an open mind when it comes to a future college.
“I don’t have any favorites right now,” said Allen. “I’d have to say everyone is equal.”
Allen hopes to get a closer look at some of the programs expressing interest when he takes a road trip later in April. He said NC State was among the schools he’d like to see in person.
“I’m going up to West Virginia’s spring game later this month. I might stop by Pittsburgh and Wake Forest on that trip. I may swing by NC State and check on them too.”