"Basketball is my first sport, and I want to play it in college. But with my size, people are saying that I could turn that into a football career," said Allen. "Most of my life I was taller than everyone, but then I stopped growing."
Having moved to Southern California from Tennessee following his sophomore year, Allen put on the pads for the first time last season, and had a solid junior campaign, playing safety as well as some receiver.
"We had a good year, but we played a tough schedule. We lost to Poly in the first game, then we were leading Los Altos at halftime (of the CIF Semifinals), but couldn't pull it out. It was pretty fun getting out there and playing football," said Allen.
Now, his athleticism could translate into a scholarship for the sport.
"I didn't go to any camps before my junior year cause I was moving, so people didn't know about me. I went to the MSL Combine and am going to the Nike Camp in San Diego, so hopefully my name will get out there more."
Allen has no clear favorite, but admitted a liking for the Bruins growing up. He said, "I always wanted to go to UCLA when I was in Memphis. I wanted to be a Bruin. I always rooted for them in basketball, same with Duke. Those schools were two I really liked growing up."
Allen says he is now open, waiting to see what recruiting interest football will bring him. But, wherever he chooses to go, Allen will try and walk-on and play basketball as well. "That's what I wanted to play when I was younger. I got recruited in basketball by Tennessee and Memphis, but now that I'm out here, it kind of backed off. I plan to play AAU ball this summer. If I can't find a team out here, I'll go play with my old teams in Memphis (either YMCA Memphis or the Memphis Blackhawks)," said Allen, who was an all-Suburban League selection after averaging 11.2 points and 7 rebounds for Mayfair.
At the MSL Combine two weeks ago, Allen recorded a 36-inch vertical, a 4.7 forty (on a slow surface) and broad-jumped 8-9. "I thought I did pretty well at it. It was a good experience for me," said Allen.
Now, he plans to focus on the Nike Camp, and will possibly attend UCLA's 4-day camp in June. He also expects to attend some UCLA spring practices as well as Junior Day.
An excellent student, Allen has a 3.5 GPA and scored an 1140 on his SAT, qualifying him for college.