Ducks keeping tabs on JUCO DE Allen

Long Beach C.C. defensive end Josh Allen discusses the latest in his recruitment and how Oregon fits into the picture.

Oregon has taken out a flyer on junior college defensive end Josh Allen. Allen, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound prospect out of Long Beach C.C. in California, has been in contact with Ducks defensive line coach Ron Aiken as of late as well as an assistant coach.

“I just sent my transcripts out and they’re supposed to be getting back to me as soon as possible,” Allen said. “But they said they liked my film and everything.”

Allen is fast and physical on film and displays a quick jump off the line that enables him to work around the offensive line and get to the quarterback. It’s no surprise that that’s exactly what Aiken likes about him.

“He just said he liked how I’m explosive and just how I play the game,” Allen said.

Allen has garnered interest from a number of programs now that he’s released his transcript. He reported offers from Boise State, Colorado State, Arizona State, San Diego State and Fresno State, and has additional interest from USC, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Missouri.

“USC, actually I just sent my transcripts in (to them),” he said. “Texas A&M they want to just come out here and see and feel how I am. A lot of schools are supposed to be offering, but I’m just waiting.”

If Oregon joins the offer list they could find themselves in prime position to land the talented prospect.

“If they offered they would be one of my top schools I’d probably consider going to because of the program and just everything,” he said.

Allen is intrigued by Oregon because he believes the Ducks have created a legacy and he likes that the program has developed into a perennial winner. Although he hasn’t visited Oregon yet, he’s received positive reviews from friends and acquaintances.

“I haven’t been out there, but I mean I know people who live out there,” he said. “They kinda like it. It’s different than out in Los Angeles.”

Allen plans on stretching out his recruitment a bit before making a decision. He has taken unofficial visits to Boise State, San Diego State and Arizona and said that the Broncos, Wildcats and Colorado State are standing out to him right now because of the frequent contact he has with the coaching staffs there. He recently told's Derek Young that Arizona and Arizona State were dream schools as a kid.

For now, he plans on enjoying the rest of his recruitment and is looking forward to an unofficial visit to Colorado State at the end of the month.

“It’s kinda cool going through the process right now,” he said. “It’s getting a little stressful but it’s not too bad.”

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