As a rising freshman playing at a state powerhouse, plus coming equipped with famous NFL bloodlines, Jordan Allen of San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic knows that there’s two types of expectations he’s walking into.
One: He’s coming back to one of the all-time greatest teams the San Diego region has ever seen, as the Dons won a county record 15 games and ended the 2016-17 season as the CIF Division I-AA state champion.
Two: He witnessed his father, Eric Allen, intercept 54 passes and return eight of them for touchdowns during a stellar 14-year NFL career: Eric Allen.
The 2020 prospect is well aware that the word “expectations” will fill his head when he’s roaming around the CCHS campus and when he hits the field. But the 6-foot-1 Allen isn’t rattled by it, nor is he overwhelmed by the pressure to perform, having a father who played in front of millions of people on Sundays.
“He’s taught me to go out there and play hard, then play harder, plus, be the best I can be on and off the field,” Allen told Scout. “It’s great having that on your shoulder and knowing that every day, we’ve got to come out next year and do the exact same thing.”
Allen isn’t just breaking down film with his father; he’s also fine tuning his linebacker game as he becomes one of the key incoming sophomore cornerstones on the defending state champs this fall.
Allen has traveled the West region to showcase his skills and build on his linebacker game at two of the biggest 7v7 tournaments out west: Pylon and Passing Down. Regarding the latter, Allen displayed his closing speed and sideline-to-sideline pursuits with his club team 619 Dream Chasers, as he took on some of the top talent from the Los Angeles and Bakersfield region in his pod.
“It’s a great experience for me as a freshman,” Allen said. “I’m here working on my coverage and my man. I need to work on that a lot.”
In pads, Allen shows that same angle pursuits, but also comes with instincts when chasing down ball carriers. He’s not just enhancing his coverage ability, but has spent the spring bulking up from his 175-pound frame he had as a freshman. As of now, Allen says his strengths are being selfless and cerebral on the field.
“I’m a great team player and leader on the field. I talk a lot and I call the plays. I’m big on communication,” Allen said.
“We’ve been communicating,” Allen said of the Bruins. “I talked to Jim Mora and the defensive assistants. Great people out there.”
Currently, Allen doesn’t have any unofficial visits lined up, nor has a dream university. He also doesn’t have one favorite highlight moment that his father pulled out during his time with the Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints and Oakland Raiders.
“There’s several that stick out,” Allen laughed.