AZ OL Prospect Allen Smith

He hasn't received much hype yet, but Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol's <b>Allen Smith</b> has received some very good scholarship offers. At 325 pounds he's big on the field and with a 3.6 GPA, big in the classroom...

Allen Smith, 6-5, 325, Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol, hasn't received as much national ink as some other west coast offensive linemen, but come the end of this season, he just very well might.

Considered by some to be the best offensive lineman in Arizona, Smith has eight offers, including from some of the best academic/football schools in the country, and that number figures to rise soon.

"I have offers from Arizona State, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Notre Dame, Stanford, UCLA, Wyoming and Michigan," Smith said. "And I also like Dartmouth, where my brother just graduated from."

Smith has interest in UCLA, enough at least that he attended UCLA's junior day, and he came away impressed with the campus and the coaches. "It was extremely nice. I was able to see a lot of the campus and the facilities. The coaches are top quality. I talked with Coach Dorrell at length, and he was an honest gentleman. I liked him a lot."

Smith also spent time with offensive line coach Mark Weber and assistant coach Gary Bernardi (the coach assigned to recruit Arizona). "I like Coach Bernardi, and Coach Weber was very excited. He showed me their blocking schemes and it impressed me."

Running near a 5.0 forty, Smith can really get his 325 pounds moving, and while he can play anywhere on the line, would prefer to play right tackle. He said, "That is what I would prefer to play in college. Our team is geared towards running, so I am proficient in run-blocking, while also becoming more proficient in pass blocking. I had my highest percentage in pass-blocking, but I am just working on getting to be a better offensive linemen."

A good athlete, Smith also plays basketball and throws the shot and discus. "I would love to do shot and discus in college, if a coach would allow me to, and while I love the game of basketball, I don't think I can play that in college." He has a 3.6 GPA and took the SAT in early June. He said he is "expecting between a 1200 and a 1300."


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