Brad Allen has been “working, working, working” extremely hard this summer, preparing for his senior season for Venice HS in Venice, FL. One of the top tight end prospects in the state of Florida, Allen has concentrated on improving his speed and his receiving skills this summer.
Heading into late summer practices, Allen feels a difference in his athleticism.
“I’ve been conditioning with a local trainer to work on my speed and agility,” said Allen. “I haven’t run any tests or anything, but I have played some seven-on-seven games versus other area high schools and I can feel the improvement. I really notice the difference, and it gives me a lot of confidence heading into this season.
“My speed has helped me with my route running. Before I felt like a robot out there when I ran routes, but I can do different things now.”
Allen has been training so hard this summer he has hardly had time to think about recruiting. In fact, recruiting has been put on the back burner until later this fall.
”Honestly, I’ve been spending so much time getting ready for my senior season, I haven’t been thinking about recruiting at all,” said Allen. “I’ve been focusing on improving my game and my leadership for my team, and that’s all I’m concerned about right now. As the season progresses, I will gradually start to think more and more about my future.
“If I take care of what I have to do on the field though, I know recruiting will take care of itself.”
Once he begins thinking about recruiting, Allen will have his share of decision making to do. He has received over 20 scholarship offers from many big time schools. Four schools stand out right now, however he is still open to the process.
“For the most part I’m still open, but some schools have really stood out to me at this point, and they are Virginia, Vanderbilt, Purdue, and Michigan,” said Allen. “Those stand out right now. Virginia and Vanderbilt I would say have been recruiting me the hardest. Auburn has been recruiting me hard as well. All of them send hand written letters to me and things like that.”
Though he is projected to play tight end in college, Allen is also a solid defensive end and could potentially end up on the defensive side of the ball. Most schools like him as a tight end, however.
He will likely not wait until February to make a decision.
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