In-State Battle Already Brewing for Junior

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. --- Despite pulling in five catches for 44 yards and two touchdowns in just a 40-minute scrimmage, Dewayne Allen wasn't satisfied in the least with his performance Thursday night against Saint Paul's (N.C.) High School.

"It was all right," said Allen. "But, that team is mediocre. Our team needs to step up – our offensive line, everyone."

A sure handed tight end, Allen caught all but one pass thrown in his direction – the one incompletion being an underthrown toss that hit the ground a yard before reaching him. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound junior is the major offensive weapon for Fayetteville (N.C.) Sanford, especially in the red zone where he caught touchdown passes of nine and five yards.

"He's got great physical size and athletic ability," said Sanford head football coach Wayne Inman. "He can run; he has good hands; he can get open; and he can go up and get it. Dewayne is very smart kid. He knows the game and learns the game – he's one of the smartest players I've ever coached."

During his sophomore season, Allen caught 16 passes for 415 yards and a touchdown. Those numbers are expected to increase drastically for the 2006 season.

Despite his junior status, Allen has already garnered two scholarship offers.

"I went up to [North] Carolina [in mid-July], had a great camp with Coach [John] Gutekunst," said Allen. "Coach [John] Bunting afterwards invited me to his office and offered me a full scholarship.

"Monday, I licked my wounds and went up there to N.C. State and had a good camp up there. I met ‘Big George' [Bryan] from New Hanover and Coach Chuck Amato offered me a full scholarship offer."

Allen remains humble despite being in an elite group of recruits who have landed scholarship offers before their junior season.

"It's a blessing to me," said Allen. "Never did I think I would go to college coming from a lower level family."

Despite his recruitment being in its infancy, Allen has a leader.

"N.C. State [is my favorite]," said Allen. "They have the tight end integrated into the offense and they use him a lot."

However, teammate and North Carolina commit Miguel Chavis has been recruiting Allen hard to join him as a Tar Heel.

"Every day [he's recruiting me]," said Allen. "He's having a little [success]. His brother Aaron, he helped him make the decision to go to Carolina. He's also guiding me.

"I like the coaching staff [at UNC]. Coach Gutekunst is a good guy. I guess it will come down to February 2008."

Allen plans to attend games this fall at not only North Carolina and N.C. State, but also at Wake Forest.

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