It’s no secret in Tulare County that if a player puts up astonishing offensive numbers in a Tulare (Calif.) Tulare Union High uniform, he lands on the national college football radar.
Enter Kazmeir Allen.
Starring at a position that just recently produced Washington State redshirt freshman Romello Harris, and playing alongside fellow national wide receiver recruit Emoryie Edwards, Allen has taken the baton left behind by Harris, and responded with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons on the varsity level.
He split time with Harris during his sophomore year, and even then rushed for 1,098 yards. In his first season as the lead back for the Tribe, Allen built on that campaign with 1,842 yards and 27 touchdowns.
Now, eight college football programs have placed Allen on the 2018 recruiting board, with the likes of Arizona, Colorado State, Boise State and most recently, San Diego State making a dash at him through its scholarship offers. The Aztecs -- home of newly-minted NCAA career rushing leader Donnel Pumphrey -- offered on March 17.
Allen, though, tells Scout that some college football programs envision him playing more than just running back.
“Many of my offers are as an athlete, so it depends on where I play and how they use me,” Allen said.
Arizona is one school that intrigues Allen, especially considering the long history the Wildcats have had with recruiting the Central Valley of California.
“Coach Rich Rodriguez called me in school and told me I can play wherever I want. They know how to use their players and they’ve got a fast style of offense,” Allen said.
The 3.4-GPA student added that nearby university Fresno State has chatted with him, as new wide receivers coach Kirby Moore has talked to the 5-foot-9, 165-pound Allen about perhaps moving over to slot receiver.
Allen and his teammate Edwards both competed at The Opening Regional in Los Angeles at El Camino College on March 12, where Allen turned in a 4.59 40-yard dash time. He collected 101.28 SPARQ total points.
Allen, who will be a three-year varsity letterman this fall, concludes that he plans to visit Boise State on April 1 and shoot for a summer time visit to Arizona.