Top Target: Brad Allen

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Venice (Venice, FL) tight end prospect Brad Allen is one of the top tight end prospects on the entire East coast. He has the total package needed to become a great college tight end – size, strength, intelligence, and speed.

Allen is 6-4 and weighs 240 pounds. He runs a 4.8 in the 40 yard dash and can clean 300 pounds.

“Brad is a great player,” said Venice head coach Nick Coleman. “He has been an all-area tight end and defensive end for the past two years. He has good hands, can run, and is the best blocker on the team. He’s a very explosive player.”

It does not take long for colleges to locate a player with Allen’s talents. According to coach Coleman, he has received over 20 scholarship offers. Allen is pleased with the amount of offers he has received and the schools he has received them from.

He hopes to narrow his list by the fall and may make a decision before signing day of next year.

“I think I have received offers from all of the schools I would like to consider,” said Allen. “I don’t think I will take all five official visits. I doubt it. That’s quite a few trips I would have to take.”

Right now Allen has a few favorite schools, however he has not narrowed anything down. He is just enjoying the recruiting process and the attention that comes with it.

“Generally, I have a couple of favorites like UVA, Vanderbilt, Purdue, Michigan, and a couple of other schools,” said Allen. “I’m not closing off anyone though. I’m still looking around to see what else is out there. Not many kids get to go through this process, so I’m just enjoying it.”

Allen’s criteria for choosing a school must include strong academics and a strong football program. He wants to major in Pre-Med, but he wants to succeed on the gridiron as well.

He does not see any reason why he cannot do both.

“Ever since I had Science in the 6th grade, I’ve just loved it,” said Allen, who carries a 4.0 grade point average. “I love everything and anything that has to do with science, so the Medical field is kind of a natural choice. I know it will be hard but I’m confident I could major in Pre-Med and play football.

“My ideal situation will be selecting a school with a nice balance between academics and football. Sometimes you can have really good academics but not a strong football program. I want to go somewhere where I can succeed in both.”

Earlier this spring, Allen visited some of his favorite schools who he hopes would be that