Bruins Offer Alloway

UCLA was the childhood favorite for the Fontana (Calif.) Summit 2016 athlete, Damian Alloway, who got an offer from the Bruins last week...

Fontana (Calif.) Summit 2016 receiver Damian Alloway (5-10, 170) went from offer less to start last week to having offers from a quarter of the Pac-12 in a matter of days.

"I thought maybe my sophomore year, I'd get one, but probably more like my junior year," said Alloway. "So to get three means a lot."

Cal offered first and then UCLA offered a couple of hours later.

"UCLA was my favorite school growing up so that offer meant a lot," said Alloway. "It was a huge surprise. I had talked to Coach Meat (Demetrice Martin) and they were thinking of offering when I came to camp. But when I was talking to him on the phone, Coach (Jim) Mora told him to go for it and offer me."

Alloway said the offer from UCLA came as an athlete.

"Coach Meat said they offered me as an athlete and they want me to go to their camp and play on both sides of the ball there to see where I feel most comfortable," said Alloway. "Coach Meat said either side works, but I think I like the offensive side more."

Cal had offered earlier in the day and Alloway's teammate, Erik Brown, signed with the Bears in February.

"I had talked to Coach (Rob) Likens previously when he was talking to Erik Brown and he said he'd be coming back to see me real soon and they would watch my film in the meantime. From there, I thought the offer would be coming, then last week, they called Coach (Armond) Hawkins and he got me on the phone and offered me my first scholarship."

Washington State would offer later in the week.

"Coach (Ken) Wilson came by and I talked to him later and he offered me," said Alloway. "They like me on offense too, but they're also recruiting me as an athlete."

It was a week that Alloway would remember.

"It pretty much made last week one of the best weeks of my life," said Alloway.

Alloway said he had fun explaining how the scholarship and recruiting process works to his grandparents.

"I live with my grandparents and they didn't know what it meant," said Alloway. "They said I'm only a sophomore and I can't go to college yet. I had to explain it to them. After I talked with them, they understood and they were really proud. It's a relief. Knowing I'll be able to go to college and all the work wasn't for granted and what I was working towards will finally come true."

Several other schools have been talking with Alloway too.

"Colorado, Arizona, Arizona State and Stanford have all come by and are interested," said Alloway. "Stanford said they like me as a person and just want to watch me more. I also like the schools like Florida, LSU and Texas A&M, where someone with my speed can compete with the players they have."

Alloway has excelled on the camp circuit this spring, and nearly won MVP honors at the Passing Down Best of the West 7v7 last month, helping Ground Zero win the tournament.

"Working with Ground Zero has taught me about the athletes I have to go against," said Alloway. "When I first went out there, I was really rusty and running routes like a running back. And Erik taught me really how to play receiver and turned me into the receiver I am, beating the DBs and accelerating and making plays. My coach told me every tournament I go to, bust out and make plays and I'd get the recognition I need."

Alloway said he'll go through the process and take as much time as necessary.

"I want to take all my trips and really go through the process because I have so much time," said Alloway.

Academically, Alloway has a 3.8, with a core of 3.6 and said he'll begin taking the SAT and ACT next year.


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