The Maryland four-star junior defensive tackle discusses his surprise decision to become a Nittany…
Fans may recall that Allen was such a big star as a high schooler in Muscle Shoals that he was tabbed Alabama's Player of the Year as a senior. He picked Tennessee as his college of choice and quickly established himself as a budding star. He started eight games at cornerback as a sophomore, then moved to safety a few games into his junior year and led the Southeastern Conference in tackles.
Allen could've jumped to the pros at this point but he elected to come back for his senior year at UT. Moved to cornerback, he was playing well until a dislocated hip in a midseason loss to Georgia ended his season and made his decision to return for his senior year appear somewhat suspect.
Showing the dedication UT fans have come to expect of him, however, Allen worked diligently to rehabilitate his injured hip and get himself back in tip-top shape. The effort paid off when he ran a 4.39 in the 40-yard dash at the Combine workout and performed the agility drills quite well. The Miami Dolphins were so impressed they selected him with the 16th pick in the NFL Draft. Allen's performance at the recent mini-camps suggest the Dolphins made a wise move.
Here's what SN's Jason Cole has to say about Allen in the front-page promo:
"Some teams had taken Allen off their draft board as an injury risk. However, before the injury, Allen was considered just a shade below Texas' Michael Huff as the top safety in the college game.
"Allen is an excellent tackler and will get a chance to start right away. He would like to get a chance to play cornerback, and the team may let him try it."