Armando Allen (5-foot-10, 195 pounds) was poised to have a monster season. Through the preseason publicity and all of the recruiting attention he was receiving, Allen stayed focused on preparing himself for his senior season. After his preseason game last Friday, Armando's focus has changed.
"I had been really focused on the season, but I had a minor setback," Allen said of the injury he suffered a week ago. "I got injured during our preseason game. It's an ankle injury not a knee injury. The doctor said it wasn't that bad. It wasn't as bad as it could have been.
"I get a hard cast on Friday. I'll be in that for about three weeks then I'll go and do my rehab and in about six weeks everything should be all right.
"Now that reality has finally settled in," Allen said of the injury. "I'm ready to work and to get back to where I was. I'm not looking at it as a downfall, I'm just injured but I'm not down or my career isn't over. I'm looking at it as it's something that's going to make me work even harder than I was. I'm kind of looking at it as a positive rather than a negative."
Hialeah-Miami Lakes head coach Jerry Hughes will need to work overtime to get his team on track. Not only did coach Hughes lose Allen, but he also lost the teams starting quarterback.
"Since I went down our whole offense has changed," Allen explained. "We were running the spread offense and running a bunch of different formations, and now we're running a ‘wing-T' offense. The reason for the ‘wing-T' is that our quarterback was injured in the same game. It's been crazy. He kind of had the same type of injury as I did. It's going to be a big change for our team, but I think they're up for the task."
Most schools won't let Allen's recent setback change their interest in him, but he is aware that some schools may look at him differently now that he is injured.
"I basically said to myself, I'll find out which teams are really interested in me and which teams don't recruit me as hard as they were," Allen said of his stance on his recruitment. "It'll make my decision a lot easier. It'll show me who really wants me and it'll allow me to make a better decision on what college I do plan on attending.
"As far as Notre Dame, my interest is pretty high and they're interested in me. Their coaches really haven't had a chance to talk to me, but they have talked to my head coach. They told him that everything was the same, I'm being recruited the same and nothing has changed.
"I'm supposed to take a visit on the weekend of October 6 (Stanford)," Allen said. "I was just talking to my mom about everything and I guess when I have everything situated and I settle in with my injury that I'll make a decision on what I'm going to do.
USC, Notre Dame, Florida State, Florida, and Tennessee are the schools Allen has said that stood out to him, but he will continue to look at all of his options.
In nine games as a junior Allen ran for over 1,000 yards and he scored 12 rushing touchdowns.