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 JCFootball.com on where things stand as we near the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend...

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"I have three offers right now," Allen told JCFootball.com 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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