Recruit Profile: RB Armando Allen

By now, I'm sure everyone has heard the saying "speed kills." And when it comes to speed, there are few faster than Hialeah (Fl.) Miami Lakes H.S. running back Armando Allen.

Allen has been receiving mail from all over the country, including the who's who of college football. But Allen has not gotten very involved in the recruiting process, insisting that he finish his track season before he gives recruiting a serious look.

"As of right now, I'm not really sure how many offers I have. My track coach is handling my recruiting situation until track season is over. He fills me in with what's going on every two weeks or so, but I haven't checked up in a while."

Allen is receiving mail every day from schools across the country, but feels that two schools in particular have done a better job staying in touch.

"USC and Florida are recruiting me the hardest."

When asked what stood out about USC, he replied.

"Actually, I really like the style of offense they run over there. If I had to choose, they'd (USC) be in the top few right now. They consistently use their running backs, and they put their running backs out in receiver situations. Which is what I feel I do really well."

And even though USC is on the opposite side of the country, he made it clear that distance will not be a factor when deciding on a college.

"No. Distance won't be a factor at all. I'd have no problem playing out there in los Angeles."

Allen may have to give recruiting a harder look, due to a possible change in plans.

"Me and my coach are looking to get me to graduate in the Spring, which is something I'm interested in. And if that's the case, I would have to graduate early. I really haven't havent narrowed my list down to any schools. I definitely don't want to narrow my list down yet, because I'm very open to everyone. But after my track season, I'll be able to sit down and talk to my coaches and parents and see which schools I'm really serious about."

There is no question that Florida is stacked with running backs next year, but Allen feels there are a few things that separate him from the rest of the pack.

"My vision and my speed. I can also catch the ball really well, which sets me apart. I'm just going to stay working hard, I'm definitely going to try and work on my leadership. Because physically, I feel I'm almost there."

Allen is not only a standout on the football field, but a standout in track and field.

"I run the 110 hurdles, the 4 x 100, and the long jump. My fastest time in the 110 was 13.98. And the 4 x 100 we probably run a 42.2."

Although Allen grew up in Florida, he did not grow up cheering for any of the in-state schools.

"To be honest, growing up I wasn't into college football. So I'm just open right now." Top Stories