Prep school update: Antonio Allen

Today, in part three of a four-part series, checks up on South Carolina defensive back commitment Antonio Allen, who's attending Fork Union Military Academy this fall in an effort to qualify academically. Read inside as Allen discusses how his time at prep school is going, shares his thoughts on USC's 2007 football season and much, much more.

Allen, who measures in at a solid 6'2" and 200 pounds, said life at Fork Union has been an adjustment for him, but he's making the most of his time at the Virginia military academy.

"Things are going good. It's a different situation being up here, but things are going pretty good," said Allen. "I've been doing good football-wise. We're 4-1, and I've made a whole bunch of tackles playing safety. I've gotten more aggressive, and I've really hit the weight room up here."

The Ocala, FL native signed with South Carolina in February, but he did not make the necessary grades to qualify directly out of high school. Despite the setback, Allen confirmed to that he is still committed to USC and plans to enroll at Carolina after his stint in prep school is finished.

"I'm still committed to South Carolina," said Allen. "I actually just talked to Coach (Robert) Gillespie. He's telling me to hurry up and get eligible and get ready to play. I'm hoping to be up there in January."

According to Allen, he's kept up with the Gamecocks' 2007 season so far this fall, and while he's been impressed with their 3-1 start, he's anxious to arrive at USC and show what he can do.

"I've watched their games, and they're doing alright. They just got beat by LSU, but other than that, they're doing pretty good," said Allen. "I'm looking forward to being a part of it. I think I'll add another good player and leader. I just want to play football and do what I'm used to doing. I make plays and get to the ball."

Allen has kept in touch with Dion Lecorn, his friend and former high school teammate, who is currently a freshman at USC and has worked his way into the starting wide receiver rotation for this weekend's game against Mississippi State.

"I've talked with Dion. He told me it was real nice, and he's getting along with all the players. He said the coaches are all cool. You've just got to work hard and show them that you want to play."

While Allen is still waiting to reunite with Lecorn in Columbia, he's made a pair of new friends at Fork Union in fellow South Carolina commitments Akeem Auguste and Eric Baker.

"We're all real good friends now. We see each other everyday, and we get along pretty well."

On the academic front, Allen said he's working extremely hard and hopes to be eligible to enroll at South Carolina in January.

"I'm doing good. It's hard, because we've got tests like everyday, but it's going very good. I'm working to get my GPA up a little and get my ACT scores. As soon as I can get eligible, I'm going to get up (to South Carolina). Basically my only goal is to get eligible. That's it."

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