Tray Allen, OL, 6'4 ½, 300, 5.36, SOUTH GRAND PRAIRIE, TEXAS:
Without question, Tray Allen is one of the very best offensive line prospects in the country and certainly in the state of Texas. Blessed with great size and strength, Allen can really move for a big man.
"I think it is just good coaching," said Allen. "My coaches have brought me up through the system and they have taught me the tricks of the trade. I am good at both run blocking and passing blocking, but either way I shut defensive ends down."
Allen can bench 325 pounds and he did a squat of 550 six weeks ago. He also has posted a 32-inch vertical jump. Allen also starts in basketball averaging 10 points and eight rebounds per game. In track, he throws the shot (52'3) and he runs the third leg in the big man relays.
Allen graded out at 89 percent last season and he averaged 12 pancake blocks per game.
"We are bigger than everybody else so we have to find a way to have fun out there," said Allen. "I have fun every time I pancake a defensive end and just blowing people off the ball."
Allen, who has received 17 offers thus far, has been to the Texas A&M, Texas, Oklahoma State junior days and he plans to Oklahoma during my spring break in two weeks.
"I will probably get to LSU as well," he said.
"Recruiting is crazy to tell you the truth," said Allen. "People are telling me to take my visits in one ear and I have other people telling me to commit right now in the other ear. Then I have people standing right in front of me telling me to take all my visits. Tthis is kind of getting crazy and getting on my nerves really. My top schools are Texas, OU, USC, Notre Dame, Florida and LSU."
Is Allen close to committing or is he wanting to go through the recruiting process?
"It could go either way. I am considering committing to Texas right now. They had a spring game and I went to that. I really liked it there. I know a lot of kids from the Metroplex that are there, and one of my best friends just got an academic scholarship there. Plus, I know a number of the new recruits like Sergio Kindle and several other players already on the team. I just know a lot about Texas and a lot about the players there."
Does Allen have any interest in Oklahoma?
"I talked to coach Venables yesterday and he told me how they need help in the offensive line," said Allen. "I am thinking about what I should do. I need to acknowledge that I like Oklahoma, but I like Texas. I am willing to wait before I make my decision and visit OU, but Texas showed me some great things and I am not sure OU can top it. I just have to decide if I want to go ahead and commit or wait and take a couple of other visits. I am interested in OU and LSU, so I might do that. I don't know right now what I am going to do."
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