Rated: Allen was rated as a 3-star prospect and the No. 63 best JUCO player in the 2016 class. He is unrated in 2017.
Scout Evaluation: He isn't the most explosive off the edge, but he has a lot of raw strength that assists him in getting a nice consistent push off the line of scrimmage. The burst may not be elite, but he moves well in the open field and in pursuit. Allen is a finisher with violent hands. Once he has collapses on the play, he has the athleticism to close it out, breaking down and not letting the opposition escape.
Impact: Defensive line depth was a big question mark going into next season, especially with the status of Steven Clark and Jaquwan Nelson up in the air. Things are looking positive on the Clark front, however. Regardless, depth was needed. Adding two junior college prospects in tackle Shaq Grosvener and end Josh Allen provide just that.
The interesting thing about Allen is that the talent is unquestionable. Finding someone with offers in the previous cycle from the likes of Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Louisville, Miami and Washington State among others is one thing. Finding someone with those accolades over two months after National Signing Day is impressive.
Allen was a very highly touted JUCO prospect in the 2016 class. But after failing to qualify, he had to go back to Long Beach City College. He had taken a year off in order to preserve a year of eligibility. That impacted his play this past season. He brings an athletic, big body who can play physical and has a knack for getting to the quarterback.
In addition, Allen brings versatility as he can play inside or out. Expect Syracuse to use him that. Along the inside, he can use his quickness and strength combination to be disruptive in the backfield. Off the edge, he may not be the most explosive, but he uses his hands well and can get a nice push on opposing tackles.
There is a lot to like with Allen, who has tremendous upside. Especially as he gets into Syracuse's strength and conditioning program.
Quotable: “Coach (Dave) Boller came over from Louisville and just put me in contact with Syracuse. They liked my film and coach (Dino) Babers wanted to trip me out.” - Allen
Final Thought: This is quite an impressive job by the Syracuse coaches to land a player of Allen's caliber this far after National Signing Day. A player who was highly ranked and had a very impressive offer list. Not only that, but Allen is at a critical position of need. There is nothing not to like about this get for Syracuse.