"He has great feet, he moves really well," Hunt coach Randy Raper said. "He's probably the strongest kid we have on the football team. We practiced on their facility and they got a ‘peek-see.' He was not a very widely known commodity at the time. He does have a lot of potential."
Word got around, and he was a guest at UNC's Junior Day last weekend. He turned down a chance to attend Junior Day activities at East Carolina scheduled on the same day. Allen came away impressed and said; while he has several ACC schools approaching him now, the Tar Heels have joined the Deacons as his early leaders.
Allen spent a lot of time with UNC recruiting coordinator Brad Lawing and offensive line coach Hal Hunter while in Chapel Hill. Along with an intensive tour of the campus, he attended spring practice and got to meet some of the Tar Heel offensive linemen.
"It was fun," Allen added.
Allen's strength allowed him to be the anchor on both sides of the line for Warriors last year, which finished 13-3. A tireless worker in the weight room, according to his coach, Allen bench presses 350 pounds, squats 600 and power cleans 250.
"He solidified the offensive line," Raper said. "He started as a sophomore and was a junior last year. He gave us some leadership up front when we needed it. We were young, and again we're going to rely on him heavily this upcoming season to be a leader. We're looking for a lot of great things from him next year. Hopefully, he'll be able to bring it on."
Raper said Wake and Duke have shown the most interest so far, but that Clemson, Virginia Tech and Carolina were also calling.
"I liked the campuses at Wake Forest and Carolina," Allen said. "Duke…it was all right, but I liked the campuses at Wake and Carolina better."
Allen and his coach said he more likely is a candidate to commit early rather than late.
"I don't want to wait until the last minute, but I don't want to take the first school that offers," Allen said. "I want to see what they have to offer me, in case I don't make it in football, and then give me a good education."
Raper said Allen excels in the classroom and in just about everything he does.
"He has a great work ethic. He's very bright in school. He's just an all-around good kid."