IN THE HUDDLE: Mark Allen

Whenever you have a new football program, it's easy to spot those athletes who have had prior experience. Just to the south of Orlando, in St. Cloud, Harmony High has started to produce some talented athletes, and today, we would like to introduce you to one of those emerging stars.

During the summer and into the season, www.floridakids.us will bring you our IN THE HUDDLE segments with football players throughout the state of Florida.

These are similar to the evaluations we pass on to the hundreds of colleges who visit our website, call us on the phone and correspond via e-mail.

Here is another top football player to keep an eye on this season – and beyond.

PLAYER: Mark Allen
POSITION: WR/DB
SCHOOL: St. Cloud Harmony
HEIGHT: 6-1
WEIGHT: 171
40 SPEED: 4.69
HEAD COACH: Tyler Anderson
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When you hear people mention the importance of attending as many camps and combines as possible, we are dealing with athletes who thrive to be the best and want to get better. That's why they attend so many.

From the largest schools in the state in places such as Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando, West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale to areas such as St. Cloud, where there has been just one high school for decades, there is talent throughout the state of Florida.

With the population in the Central Florida area growing in nearly every direction, new schools have been added to ensure that the growth has been well taken care of. St. Cloud now shares the community with Harmony, a smaller school that is on the verge of producing some impressive athletes across the board.

Allen represents the new guard in Osceola County. A football player who brings so many qualities to the table, and someone who has made good use of the camps and combines to make sure that the future is bright.

Having watched him at one of the April combines, I made sure to see him over and over again as he used his impressive pass catching skills to showcase himself against some of the top competition. It was there when I figured that Allen would begin to make a serious run toward a college scholarship in his final season at the high school level.

STRENGTHS: Watching him at the camp and on film, this is a football player who has quickness, improving strength (185 pound bench 8 times) and the ability to get off the line of scrimmage against some pretty decent cornerbacks.

Keeping an eye on him running pass patterns, he has plenty of confidence in his ability to go up against anyone and make a catch. Allen is certainly someone who needs to be watched over the next six to seven months. He has worked hard and deserves the opportunity.

WHAT HE NEEDS TO WORK ON: While he isn't a blazer when it comes to running routes, he needs to work on the "small" things that may make him a better football player. After talking with him, he knows exactly what those things are, and during the summer, has worked overtime to help give himself the edge.

OVERALL: As I said, when you have someone who is willing to do anything it takes to get better, colleges will be watching. From someone who had 13 catches for 365 yards a year ago and did very well in the defensive secondary with 65 tackles and 1 interception, you have to been impressed at what he brings to any program.

COLLEGES ON THE HORIZON: While Division 2 power Valdosta State is in the mix with Florida International and Florida Atlantic, the University of South Florida and the University of Central Florida are also schools that Allen will keep an eye on as well.

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