Commitment Update: Zach Allen

Earlier this month, Wake Forest received a commitment from a big-time athlete in Pahokee (FL) linebacker Zach Allen. DeaconSports caught up with Allen last week for an update on him as well as teammate Merrill Noel.

Earlier this month, Zachary Allen committed to Wake Forest. Despite offers from schools across the nation, he was set on Wake Forest early on.

"Wake Forest, I chose them because of the education at the school and they have a good environment," Allen said. "They are a small kind of school like my old hometown. They all showed love and it feels like home to me. They have a good football program but I think I can make it an even better program."

Along with Wake, Miami, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Louisville, Ole Miss, Vandy, Tennessee, and a host more schools offered Allen. In total, he had over 18 offers before deciding on Wake Forest.

Allen's teammate, athlete Merrill Noel, was thought to be close to committing to Wake Forest a few weeks ago. Instead, he recently committed to Florida State. Allen believes that Wake still has a strong shot with Noel, however. "We talk about it every day," he said. "Merrill [Noel] is listening," Allen said. "It's a high chance we can get him there."

Allen, who has spent time and worked out with former Pahokee and Wake Forest athletes such as Alphonso Smith and Demir Boldin, believes he, and Noel can help lead Pahokee to a state title this season. "My team, as usual, we are looking for a state title," he said. "We have a lot of big-time schools on the schedule this year but we're really talented."

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