Sleeper NorCal DB

He's from a town close to Sacramento and hasn't gotten a lot of publicity, but some college coaches have noticed him, including UCLA...

Condrew Allen, CB, 6-1, 180, Granite Bay (Calif.) High, isn't too well known, but he could be one of the best-kept secrets in Northern California.

Allen is big and fast, starring on both the football teams and track teams for Granite Bay. He played safety and cornerback last year as a junior, and ran the 100 and 200 meters for the track team. He didn't participate in the Nike Camp last spring, but he says he's run a 4.34 40. He said his best 100 meter time is 10.8. "I think my strength is my quickness and my feet," Allen said. "Some college coaches have said they were impressed with that."

With size and speed, those college coaches have taken notice, including UCLA. Sunday, Sept. 1st, was the first day college coaches could call high school prospects, and Allen said he received many phone calls. "I got calls from Fresno State, UCLA, Utah, Oklahoma, and a bunch of others," Allen said. "UCLA was the first to call in the morning."

Allen said that Fresno State is the only program that has offered, but other schools have said they could be on the verge of offering soon. "UCLA said they're going to take three DBs, and they've already taken one. They said they're real interested, but they just want to come see me play this year since they haven't seen me much. They came out in spring to see me practice, but that's it."

Does he have a favorite at this point? "UCLA. I've heard how nice the campus is. I've never been there before. But I know it's a good school. It's close to home, and my parents want me to stay close to home. And the coaches have been recruiting me well. Coach Snow is recruiting me and he's real nice. And I really like their defense and their defensive backs."

Allen, in fact, is coming to Los Angeles this weekend to visit UCLA's campus and attend the game against Colorado State. "I don't have a game for a couple of weeks, so I can go down there," he said. "I'm really looking forward to it. They're going to give me a tour of campus. It's going to be great to see the game in the Rose Bowl."

Allen said that academics come first when making a decision on a college, second would be the football program and third location.

IF UCLA offered, would he commit? "Most likely," Allen said.

He has a 2.7 GPA and will take the SAT in October.

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