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USC looking at Josh Allen

The USC don't recruit the junior college ranks very often, but after getting De'Quan Hampton from Long Beach City College last year, the trojans are taking interest in another Vikings player.

Long Beach (Calif.) City College defensive end Josh Allen committed to Arizona in July, but since then, his stock exploded with a scholarship offer from Alabama and renewed interest from USC.

Last Saturday, Allen went to the USC-Idaho game to see his cousin, Trojans junior wide out Darreus Rogers.

“I have family on the team in Darreus, so it was cool just going down there to support him,” said Allen. “I did take a little tour of the school before the game too.

“I talked to the coaches some, but it wasn’t anything too big. I wanted to see the team and the speed of the game. It was a cool experience.”

USC has given Allen no hints of a scholarship offer, but he remains in communication with Trojans defensive line coach Chris Wilson by-weekly.

“I’m still talking to them and they’re still hitting me up, so I have interest,” said Allen. “I found out that they’re still recruiting me, so I look at SC as a good option.”

At 6-foot-4, 260-pounds, Allen straddles the line between being a rush end and a defensive lineman.

“They’re recruiting me on the d-line, but I’m not really sure the details of how they see me fitting into their scheme,” said Allen.

Allen remains committed to Arizona and will take another visit to Tucson sometime this season. He also has scholarship offers from Arizona State, Boise State, San Diego State, Fresno State and Louisville.

Hypothetically speaking, if USC was to offer Allen a scholarship, the Trojans would have several angles in recruiting him away from the Wildcats.

“USC is close to home, and it’s a nice little program,” said Allen. “They’re also a good, ranked team in the Pac-12. It’s definitely a school I would consider.”

Allen is scheduled to be a midyear graduate, so his recruitment will be truncated.

“Arizona, I know I’m taking an official visits, and Alabama I’m taking an official visit,” said Allen. “SC… if they were to offer late, I don’t think I’d visit just because I’ve been up there so many times before.” Top Stories