Stone Bridge’s Super Sophs

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In Jonathan Allen and Ryan Burns , Stone Bridge (Ashburn, VA) could potentially have two of the top overall prospects in the state’s 2013 recruiting class. One prospect dominated this past season as a sophomore, while the other is ready to assume a starting role as a junior in 2011.

Needless to say, Jonathan Allen ‘s first season on the Stone Bridge varsity football squad was a success. The 6-3, 225-pound defensive end, a transfer from Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake (VA), recorded over 90 tackles including a school record 20 sacks in 2010, setting the Stone Bridge career sack record in just one season. One of only two non-seniors on the 2010 Washington Post first-team all-metro defense, Allen also set a school record for forced fumbles with eight.

Bulldogs head coach Mickey Thompson, who has certainly seen his share of talented players, has high praise for the sophomore.

“I’ve never seen anybody get off the ball that quick,” Thompson said. “He has the quickness off the ball, but he will also smack you in the mouth. He’s relentless. He’s a super athlete. He has the ability to make something happen in a hurry. And again, he can get by you or run over you.”

Are there any weaknesses in Allen’s impressive game?

“I’d say one weakness is strength,” Thompson said. “He’s working really hard in the weight room, and he has made a lot of progress. I’m excited. He was physical last year, but he was physical with not the greatest strength.”

It would come as no surprise to see Allen receive verbal scholarship offers this spring. Nothing has come at this point, though the coming Evaluation period should be interesting to follow.

“Nothing so far, but I expect it to start to pick up soon,” Thompson said. “As soon as the open date starts, I think it’ll snowball.”

Thompson added, “Virginia Tech’s [Frank] Beamer has been by to get film of him. They texted me a couple days ago to check up on his offers. We’ll see where that leads.”

Allen will wait before scheduling one-day summer camps, if he decides to do any at all.

“We’ve talked a little bit about it. It depends on who comes in and offers [this spring],” Thompson said. “Right now, he’s