of the Pac 12 and Kansas
of the Big 12 are the first two programs to have offered Dakota Allen
of Summer Creek HS (Houston,TX). After a junior campaign that saw him rack up more than 100 tackles, programs like Wake Forest
, and UTSA
have remained in heavy contact as well. Tight ends coach Charlie Reeve is the UTSA assistant responsible for the recruitment of Allen.
Allen is a 6'2" 227lb inside linebacker that has ideal size. With his 4.7 40 speed, he has the physical tools to be a legit D1 prospect.
In a program, Allen is closely evaluating the academic side of things. The chance to compete, earn early playing time, and forming a relationship with the coaching staff are important to him. Dakota did attend UTSA's junior day, but distance and location would solely be a bonus in choosing a school. It's not a deal breaker for him.
After his junior day visit to UTSA, the young program liked what he saw.
"I visited for the junior day. I was really surprised at what I saw. I had heard about UTSA, but I was surprised on how big the campus is and the weight room is really nice," said Allen.
The staff is doing their part in being sure to stay in contact with the fast rising linebacker.
"I talk with them on a weekly basis. I talked to Coach Neathery and he wants me to come to their camp in Katy and work on getting low. If I show that skill I could very well be in line for an offer."
Allen is one of the rare exceptions at the high school level. He's been playing on varsity since his freshman year. He uses that experience as a tool and an advantage. Off the gridiron, he also wrestles and uses that discipline and toughness as keys to his success. He finished as the state runner up in his classification at the 4A level.
Allen plans on taking his time and at the very least, visiting a campus before he makes the call.
UTSA will be losing two seniors after this season at the linebacker spot. With two signed for the '13 class (O'Neal & Egwuagu), look for defensive coordinator Neal Neathery to eye one or two backers for the '14 cycle. This prospect has emerged at that position. His blend of size and speed are just some reasons why he recently picked up his first two offers. The flood gates just may have opened.