Career Aspirations

National Recruiting Editor
Posted Nov 15, 2008


The only official visit Bryant Allen has scheduled is to Missouri on Dec. 12, but he has been to several schools unofficially, including Minnesota, Indiana and Wisconsin. The Tigers are only about two hours from Allen's house. "I like Missouri because they have a good program and I like how they take care of their players. The coaches told me that I could be the next Jeremy Maclin..."

Bryant Allen, the 6-foot, 165-pound, three-star wide receiver from Richmond Heights High School in Maplewood, Mo., has helped lead his team to the quarterfinals of the 2A playoffs with an 11-0 record. Allen has over 700 yards receiving and 25 touchdowns.

"I'm not the usual receiver," Allen said. "I don't lolly gag on my routes and never take a play off. I block and do what I can to help the team, even without ball."

Allen is truly dangerous with the ball in his hands. "I'm very elusive," he said. "The first or second guy is probably not gonna tackle me, but I'm still working on being more physical.

"I need to get bigger and stronger," he stated. "I want to be able to take on the bigger guys and get off jams better."

Allen doesn't have a max bench but can put up 185-pounds 12 times. He also has a 35-inch vertical jump and claims a 4.3 forty.

Ranked as the No. 91 wide receiver in the country by Scout.com, Allen says he has around 15 scholarship offers but continues to deny a leader.

The only official visit he has scheduled is to No. 12 Missouri on Dec. 12, but has been to several schools unofficially. The Tigers are only about two hours from Allen's house, but he says that location will not be a deciding factor.

"It's close, but it doesn't matter," Allen said. "I like Missouri because they have a good program and I like how they take care of their players. The coaches told me that I could be the next Jeremy Maclin and I think the spread they run fits my style of play."

Another thing that Allen likes about Mizzou is their journalism program. "It's like number one in the country," he said. "I want to major in video broadcasting so that's important to me." "I always analyze myself after I give an interview and think what I could have done or said better," Allen said. "I really enjoy analyzing things and would love to be a football analyst."

Although it wasn't an official visit, Allen tripped to Minnesota on Nov. 8 for the Michigan game. "I really liked the coaches," he said. "They are very energetic and you can tell they love their job. They love football and are hyped about everything.

"They really motivate the players and have a good relationship with them," Allen said of the Gophers staff. "I liked how they really made me feel welcome and wanted. I felt at home there. The hospitality was definitely what I liked the most, plus they seemed to take time to get to know me outside of football too."

The Gophers staff also made a big impression on Allen's parents and he says they favor Minnesota and Indiana. "They really liked both those places," he said. "The liked the atmosphere at Minnesota a lot and got along great with the coaches. I also have some family in that area and they liked that I wouldn't be alone."

Allen also visited Indiana unofficially with his parents for the Michigan State game on Sept. 27 and he says his parents were impressed with the Hoosier coaches as well.

"They've (Indiana) got a quarterback that played wide receiver and also punted," he said. "My parents just really like how they utilize their playmakers there. They think I'd do well in that environment."

In addition to the Bloomington atmosphere, Allen was also impressed by the Hoosier coaching staff. "I was there during practice and the coaches stopped a drill just to come talk to me," he said. "They knew who I was and all about me and were very personal with me. That impressed me."

He also believes he'd be able to contribute early at Indiana. "They are a young team that is trying to rebuild and get better and I could be part of that," Allen said.

Another unofficial visit that Allen went on was to Wisconsin for the Ohio State game on Oct. 4. "The game against Ohio State was great," he said. "I love the atmosphere there and how crazy it was. The student section was fun and I like how the fans really love the sports there. They are real fans."

The only school in Allen's top five that he hasn't visited yet is Iowa. "I haven't been there yet, but I've heard it's a good football atmosphere too," he said. "It's supposed to be a nice college town and the coaches have been by my high school and to my games and that means a lot to me.

"I also like how Iowa said they'd use me on special teams and that I'd probably be able to start as a true freshman," he said.

Some of the other schools that have offered Allen are Iowa State, Kansas and New Mexico, among others.

Growing up, Allen denies following a specific team, but says he was always a football fan. "I just enjoyed sitting and watching college football with my dad," he said. "I wasn't into a specific school or anything. I think back then I was more into their uniforms and colors though."

Allen is also being recruited for basketball. He plays point guard and shooting guard and averages 25 points, seven rebounds, five steals and four assists per game.

"I've been offered by Southern Illinois, Illinois State, Southeastern Missouri State and Murray State for basketball," he said. "I think some of the bigger programs were scared away because I'm a two-sport athlete. I'm definitely going to play basketball in college too."

Allen says he'd like to take a few official visits before deciding.

"I'm hoping to get selected to the Army All-America game," he said. "If I do, then I'll announce my decision at the game."

Although he names a top five, Allen insists this isn't a final list. "I'm still looking around at other schools too," he said. "I'd like to see if I get anymore offers after the season before I narrow it down more."

Allen reports a 3.2 core GPA and a 22 ACT.



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