Allen Turns Focus To Recruiting

2017 Hutchinson OL Jalen Allen (6-3, 287) is becoming a very popular prospect with four-year coaches and he updated on where things stand as we near the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend...

"I have three offers right now," Allen told recently. "I have offers from OhioCharlotte and Tulane and I have been talking a lot with East Carolina and I have been hearing a lot from West VirginiaMississippi and New Mexico.

"ECU just talked to me today and they want me to get out there for a visit in January at some point. They are actually travelling out to see me after Thanksgiving and I am hoping that I can get an offer from them and I am working on rescheduling my visit with Tulane for some time in January as well and I'm looking at visits to Ohio and Charlotte at some point too."

As a sophomore this past season, Allen started at right guard for Hutchinson and he earned First Team All-KJCCC, but he said that his more natural position has been in the pivot.

"All my life, I had been a center up until I got to college," Allen said. "I basically just moved to help my team and I feel like I had a pretty good year, but I've always played center up until the past two years, so I feel like I am pretty versatile and that can only help me.

"With my height, center is probably a better fit. My nickname for a long time has been 'Junkyard Dog' because I like to manhandle guys. I am aggressive and I like to fire off and be physical, but I also have good speed (4.9) so I can get out and pull and I think that surprises people a lot."

As a prep, Allen was a decorated prospect at Pike High School in Indianapolis, Indiana and he signed with Eastern Kentucky, but after a year there, he felt like a fresh start was in order.

"It really just came down to me feeling like I could play at a higher level," Allen said. "I was fine academically and I didn't get into any trouble, but I wanted the chance to play at a higher level and when I started look around Hutchinson was the best program for me.

"It fit me well and the Eastern Kentucky coaches said that it was a good place and then when I talked with the staff here and saw the type of program they had, it just fit me perfectly. Honestly, a big thing was that they treated me like family and I really l liked that."

Allen is on pace to finish up his academic work in May and he will have three years to play two starting in 2017.

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