One of the fastest players in the nation this cycle, Allen isn’t just about speed. Splitting time as a running back and as a receiver in high school, Allen has a great build already, checking in at 5’11” and 200 pounds. The Palm Beach Post named him to their 1st Team All-District team, and was honored as a 2nd team selection as a Junior.
LEAD OSU RECRUITER:
Telly Lockette – Area/Primary
Jason Phillips – Position
Allen committed to the Beavers in May of last year. May was good on the recruiting front for the Beavers, as they secured 5 commitments that month starting with Aidan Willard, then Allen and lastly David Morris, Kolby Taylor and Fabian Kratz to close out the month (although Kratz would later retire from football). Allen was considered a big pick up out of Florida at the time, choosing the Beavers over West Virginia and a slew of non-Power 5 schools but bigger fish got involved during the summer prior to his senior year. Maryland, Louisville, Utah, Illinois, Syracuse, and Purdue all extended official offers with the Terps and Cardinals both receiving official visits, in addition to the Beavers. The relationship between Coach Lockette and Allen prevailed as Allen stayed true to his commitment, signing with the Beavers last week.
WHY OREGON STATE:
“Oregon State was the perfect fit for me. I plan on running the Pac-12 with my future teammates.”
Was moved all around by his Glades Central coaches, lining up at running back, wide receiver, wildcat, safety, linebacker, and returned kicks and punts. One of the best return men in the state of Florida, averaging over 44 yards per kick return. Has elite speed that could lead to him seeing the field next fall. Will need to continue to develop as a receiver, with work needed on route tree. Can take a bubble screen or inside screen to the house from anywhere on the field. Has great vision reading blocks in front of him. Not just a burner runs with power as well. Rare combination of elite speed with bulk and power at the wide-out position, extremely physical...
INSIDE THE COMMITMENT:
Allen was the only athlete to sign with the Beavers out of the Sunshine State this cycle. It wasn’t for trying though, as running back Isaiah Miller had been committed to the Beavers since June only to flip to Missouri just before the early JUCO signing day. Other Floridians were targeted by the Beavers including Kyshaun Bryan, Bruce Judson, Carmoni Green, Jordan Carty, and Dorian Hall, with Allen doing his best to get them on board with the Beavers, although each signed with different programs. Although Allen took two other official visits, it was going to take a lot to flip him due to his relationship with Lockette. Nonetheless, the Beavers’ staff stayed on top of Allen, as he was a hot commodity during the month of January. After Coach Brennan left to take the SJSU job, there was some worry about Quantino looking around a bit, however the relationship with Coach Lockette and the vision of how Coach Phillips plans to use Allen in the Beavers’ offense, kept the Florida speedster solid in his commitment.