DB Prospect is Waiting

The cornerback prospect from Northern California, <B>Condrew Allen</b>, is hearing from more schools and lining up some official visits. But he said all bets are off if he gets the one scholarship offer he's waiting for...

Condrew Allen, 6-1, 180, Granite Bay (Calif.) High, was a relative unknown during the summer and was unable to attend the Palo Alto Nike camp last spring due to track commitments. As a result, a number of coaches were unable to evaluate him in person.

Allen, though, was known to a few schools, and has continued to hear from a number of schools during his senior season. "I've gotten calls from Boise State, UCLA, Fresno State, Oklahoma, Utah, Portland State and Arizona," Allen said. Asked if he is still hearing regularly from UCLA, he said, "Oh yeah. They came to my game a couple of weeks ago. It was cool to see coach (R. Todd) Littlejohn, the DB coach. He calls a lot too. He actually talks more to my dad more than he talks to me. They say that they are real interested, and I am a top guy on their list."

When BRO spoke to Allen during the summer he had one offer from Fresno State. That has changed. "I've now received offers from Portland State and Idaho State too."

As far as official visit go, Allen is starting to get offers. "I've been offered a visit by San Jose State, Portland and UCLA. I'm already scheduled to go to Fresno State on December 13. They (UCLA) are just waiting on my SAT score. I just took it last weekend."

Allen has satisfied all his core requirements and carries a 2.7 GPA. He still needs to achieve a qualifying test score to be cleared academically by the NCAA. Also, per NCAA rules, he needs to have recorded a test score enable to take official visits.

While he would like to take all his trips, if Allen gets the one scholarship offer he is hoping for, the trips will be unnecessary. "I'm really waiting on UCLA, but I plan on taking the majority of my trips just to see what the schools are like. It's tough to sit around and wait."

Asked if UCLA were to offer would he commit, Allen said without hesitation, "Yeah!" His parents, though are trying to be open to all the schools. "My dad just really wants me to go where I really want. He's not really pushing toward any certain school, but he does like UCLA too."

Allen said he went to the UCLA/Colorado game, and visited UCLA's campus that weekend. "My dad and I went down to L.A. and went to the Colorado game. My grandpa lives in L.A., so we stayed that night at his house and then the next morning we went over and just visited the school. We were both really impressed with it. The Rose Bowl is great. It has a real nice field. I went into the locker room after the game, and I got to meet all the secondary players. They were real cool. Matt Ware seemed like a real nice guy.

Allen's high school team, Granite Bay, is trying to assure itself of a place in the playoffs this Friday. "We're doing great right now. We're 7-1, and this Friday is a real tough game. It is really the championship game for our league. If we win we are going to the playoffs."

Allen is also a fine sprinter running the 100 and 200 meters. He has a 100-meter best of 10.8. Would he want to run track in college as well? "If that is what the coaches want me to do, I will do it. But football is my main sport." Granite Bay has a policy of not having players play both ways, which means Granite Bay has some talent on the team. "Yeah, we have a special group of guys this year." As a result, Allen only plays defense at safety and corner.

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