Allen Ready To Make A Name

The Concord (Calif.) De La Salle 2014 offensive linemen, Larry Allen Jr., learned a thing or two from his father, a former NFL star, and now he's ready to make a name for himself...

When your father is one of the finest offensive linemen in the history of the NFL, there can be a little pressure.

For Larry Allen Jr. (6-3, 250), though, he wouldn't have it any other way.

The Concord (Calif.) De La Salle junior started on both sides of the ball for the Spartans, helping them win their fourth straight CIF State Open Division title, with a little help from his father, former NFL star Larry Allen.

"It's been a fun year, and I really learned a lot and it was nice having my dad help us out," said Allen. "We really worked hard to win this state championship."

Allen starts at guard for the Spartans, the same position his father played en route to 11 NFL Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl ring. Now retired, Allen Sr., is a volunteer assistant with the Spartans.

Having a future NFL Hall of Famer helping out commands the respect of the De La Salle players, but Allen has been learning from his father for years.

And the attention he's paid to detail paid off more with the state championship.

"One big thing about our team is that our line is the heart and soul of our team," said Allen. "We know that the offensive line is the key to an offense and we're a big running team, and we just have to be physical, run the ball and show that heart. A word we use a lot is ‘grind" and we emphasize grinding and moving forward and keeping the clock going."

The Spartans have always been one of the most disciplined teams in the country, and one of the most well-coached, thanks to the success of head coach Bob Ladoceur, who has turned the Spartans into a juggernaut. And while there is talk that Ladoceur may retire, Allen is hoping for one more year.

"I really hope Coach Lad comes back for at least one more season," said Allen. "We're going to miss our seniors, but we have a great set of juniors, so we hope he's back."

Allen said growing up with an NFL-playing father, helped him appreciate the nuances of the game, and he's a big fan of film.

"I watched a lot of film with him and one big thing we studied on film was the inner part of the Centennial line and then getting to the linebackers," said Allen. "We broke it down on film. And we saw some things that we could take advantage of."

Like his father, Allen is a pure guard, and while he plays defensive line, his heart lies on the offensive line.

"I want to play guard in college," said Allen. "I love that position and love learning more about it."

While Allen doesn't have any offers yet, he plans to hit a number of camps in the offseason to get his name out there.

"I'm going to really get out there this spring and summer and get to some camps and hopefully I'll be able to get some offers," said Allen.

His father had a long, successful NFL career after playing at a junior college and then at Sonoma State, a then-D-II school that no longer even has a football program.

So Allen isn't picky about where he goes to school.

"I like the Pac-12 and the West Coast schools, but I'll go anywhere that takes me," said Allen.

Brandon is in his eighth year with, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the network since 2003.
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