You don't find many junior high school offensive linemen that are as big and as physical as Trey Allen. South Grand Prairie head coach David Fisher understands that he has a special one and he's excited that he'll get another year to work with Trey.
"He's 6-4, 295 pounds and runs well for a kid that big," coach fisher said of his standout offensive tackle. "In high school you don't find many kids that know how to finish blocks. He's the type that will totally take a guy off the video or he'll completely turn a guy over and drive him into the ground and demoralize just him. He's a great finisher for a high school junior.
"He grades out well into the nineties almost every week on his assignment, his effort and those kind of things. A lot of high school linemen make initial contact, and before the whistle is even blown, the defenders has already separated and running for the ball. In Trey's situation, when he locks onto them, he won't let go until the whistle. That's something most high school kids don't have and something they have to learn how to finish once they get to college.
"He's our quick tackle, which means he'll be the NFL left tackle," Fisher explained. "We play him on our open end of our formation, for the reason that he's blocking everyone's best speed rusher. We count on him for protecting the quarterback, and we count on him on the edge when we want to run perimeter plays. He's there because that's the toughest spot to play in our offense because he gets no help from the tight end."
Nasty on the field and a gentleman off the field is what coach Fisher expects from his players and Allen is a model for the South Grand Prairie program.
"He's a good kid off the field and in the hallways, but he has just enough mean streak in him once the game starts that he wants to finish people off," coach Fisher said of Allen. "He's got good grades. He takes care of his business academically. He'll be a good academic kid. He'll take the ACT in the next couple months and already be a qualifier by the time summer gets here."
You'd think at Allen's size that he's be almost done growing, but Fisher believes that Allen still has room to develop.
"He has a huge wing span, big hands and big feet – big everything," coach Fisher described of Allen's physical attributes. "He's probably a tackle for sure (in college). You have to imagine that he's just a kid right now and he's 6-4, 295 pounds, so he may be 6-6, 300 pounds by August. He might end up being too tall for an interior guy, so I'd say he'd end up at tackle.
"There's eight months until August so there plenty of time for him to grow just through the natural maturation process. Of course we'll work him through a diligent off-season program that we started last week. He'll work with us with the weights for eight solid months, so he'll improve his physical ability tremendously. He'll have over a 300-pound bench press, 300- pound power clean and over a 400-pound squatter by the time we get to summer."
Texas certainly is known for it's high school football and it annually produces some of the top college prospects in the country. South Grand Prairie not only plays Texas football, but also competes in one of the toughest districts in the state.
"He did not start as a sophomore," fisher said of Allen. "In a program in Texas where we have 120 football players, 40 seniors every year, not many players jump up there and start on the offensive line when their tenth graders. We had five senior starters on the line when he was a sophomore, so this is his first year of full-time experience.
"It's just this year that he's fit into his physique and became the player that he is. They just aren't ready as sophomores at our level. We have four Division I commitments on our team, all to Big 12 schools, and the competition we're going against is unlike any other state in the union. We're playing against four and five Division I players every night.
"(In practice) He's going against Brian Ellis, (6-5, 245-pounds) our defensive end who is going to Texas, every day in one-on-one drills. Trey does just fine. Brian gets the best of him some and Trey gets the best of Brian some. It's a very high level of competition."
With the number of top athletes that play for coach Fisher every year, players like Trey Allen don't go unnoticed by college recruiters.
"He's already got offers from Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Tulsa. They've already offered and he's a junior," coach Fisher said of Allen's early recruiting interest. "As soon as people watch his video, they offer him on the spot. It's just one of those deals where the offers are going to just keep coming. We had Miami in here the other day, so he'll get recruited from coast to coast."
"Coach Haywood has been through," Fisher said of Notre Dame's offensive coordinator. "He's been here twice. Once in spring practice and once this fall when he had an open date. They are well aware of him.
"We have a good junior quarterback and a good junior wide out, but Trey is by far our best prospect because of his size," Fisher added.