Allen Still Has a Leader

The talented receiver prospect from Arizona, Devon Allen, was looking very good at the Semper Fi practices before injuring his ankle, and he talked to us about his recruitment...

Devon Allen had a great practice on Monday showing his trademark speed and explosiveness on a solid 6-1, 190 pound frame. He has very strong hands and was getting open on every corner matched up on him.

"This is an awesome experience for me," Allen said. "The competition out here is amazing. There are so many great players and it has been a lot of fun getting to know them and learning the new system and just having fun with all the guys.

"The players that have stood out to me are L.J. Moore, he's a big corner who can run. Big (Hatari) Byrd, he's a monster and then Johnny Johnson is real good too and Cole Luke, who I know from Arizona. As for our receivers, Darren Carrington is a playmaker, Devin Ross and John Ross are very good and Darrell Daniels is our big guy out there, he's a beast."

On Tuesday, Allen tweaked his ankle but is hopeful he'll be ready to go by Friday night for game time.

"It's real stiff right now," Allen said. "I hurt it in November and it's always sore. I'm training for track right now and I would say it's about 80% or so. I'm good going straight ahead but when I have to plant and cut, that's when it hurts so I'm going to rest it a little and just try and get better for Friday."

Allen has taken official visits to UCLA, Oregon and Florida State and will likely take two more in January. The Bruins have led for months not but the athlete said he's not ready to pull the trigger anywhere just yet.

"UCLA is still my leader but I still want to check out all my options," Allen said. "UCLA is a great school but I just want to be sure about my decision. I don't want to do the whole commit, de-commit thing, I want to be confident in my decision and have no doubts.

"My dad really wants me to look at Stanford and I'm taking my visit there (Jan. 11). My application is ready to go and I'll be turning it in, in the next few days. I think there's a good chance they'll let me know on my visit if I'm cleared.

"A Stanford education is obviously life changing. I don't know if the offense is really ideal for me but the coaches explained that the reason they use the tight ends and run so much power is because that's what fits their personnel. They want guys like me who can run and stretch the field so they can get the ball deep."

Allen has more schools than just UCLA and Stanford on his short list.

"I loved my trips to Florida State and Oregon too," Allen said. "Both schools offered me for track but my dad really wants me to wait and see if they'll come around and offer for football. I also told Arizona State I would visit and Arkansas is now back in the picture as well.

"I was supposed to visit Arkansas back in September but never made it because of the coaching situation. There was some turmoil there but they were my early favorite and are just a year removed from winning the SEC. They had injuries but it's a great program and they have a great track program too. So I need to figure out that last visit. I could do an unofficial visit to ASU but they really want me to take an official there so I'll just see how that one plays out."

Allen ranked his final five schools and talked about how high Stanford could jump if he's cleared through their admissions.

"Right now, it's UCLA, Florida State, Stanford, ASU and Arkansas," Allen said. "They're all great options and I know I can't make a bad choice. I just need to find the place that I think I'll enjoy the most and where I feel the most comfortable.

"If I'm cleared by Stanford, that will definitely be a great option. This visit will be big for me to see how comfortable I feel there. I've taken two unofficial visits there already but I want to see how it goes, how I feel there and then I should have a better idea of what I want to do."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for
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