Some guys are just born for athletic competition. They’re blessed with natural gifts that make them seemingly built for sports.
Devon Allen is one of those guys.
Not only is Allen one of the top 30 or so wide receivers in the country, he’s also one of the most highly sought after track and field recruits as well. Boasting a lightning fast time of 13.36 in the 110 meter hurdles (13.30 is the national record), Allen could go anywhere he wants to in track.
However, Allen’s top priority is football. Don’t get me wrong, Allen is still going to run track at whichever school he chooses, but he will be choosing the school based on football.
Needless to say, a talented receiver with that kind of speed is going to turn some heads.
Allen, 6’1” 190lbs and hailing from Brophy Prep in Phoenix Arizona, recently returned from his official visit to Westwood to see the Bruins knock off Utah, 21-14. And what a visit it was for Allen.
The Bruins blew the socks off Allen from the start by having Olympic gold medal winning sprinter Maurice Green pick him up at the airport. Obviously good times followed that, and now it seems UCLA is the clear leader for Allen’s services.
But don’t rule out Stanford just yet. Allen will be visiting the Cardinal at the end of the month to see them take on Washington State, and they still have an opportunity to make a positive impression. Stanford head coach David Shaw is known as an elite closer in recruiting, and I’ll never doubt his ability at persuasion (if you don’t believe me, check out the list of players Stanford pulled in on signing day 2012).
Regardless of who eventually wins the battle for Allen, whether it be UCLA or Stanford, he should see immediate playing time. At the very worst, Allen should make a mark on special teams and in the return game. It will also be interesting to see if Allen develops into the kind of sprinter that could be in the Olympics someday.