Thursday and Friday will bring several of Clemson’s commitments and top targets to campus for a final visit before the next dead period kicks in on August 1st. One of the visitors will be LB Sergio Allen (6-1 220) of Fort Valley, GA.
Allen grew up not far from Clemson, just across the border in Hart County, GA. And the coach at the high school was former Tiger standout William Devane. So, from an early age Allen was hearing a seeing a lot about Clemson.
“I’ve liked them since I was young,” Allen said. “When I went on a visit in my ninth grade year it was awesome. Just a good coaching staff and good players and it’s just fun up there. Dabo, Coach Venables and Coach Bates have always told me my personality fits Clemson perfect. They’ve always told me I’m a perfect athlete for them but I’m an even better person for the school and all of that.”
Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Brent Venables loves to recruit backers who can rush the quarterback but also drop back in pass coverage. Allen believes he fits the bill.
“‘Coach Venables has told me that he loves the way I blitz and he’s for sure is going to use that if I do go there,” he said. “He loves that about me and he loves that I am versatile and I can play rush end, pass (coverage ) and give him anything he needs.”
Allen wants to major in Marine Biology, something he says Clemson ranks #1 in nationally. He’ll check on that on his visit. He’s also bringing his mother so she can see what he’s already seen. He was at two Clemson games last season.
“I want her to see how it is up there and get a feel for it and then tell me how it is,” Allen said. “I want her to tell me how it is. This visit is mainly for her because she’s never been on a college visit with me, so I’ll get to show her how it is and stuff like that.”
Allen already has an impressive offer list that also includes USC, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Penn State, Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Oregon, Vanderbilt,
Tennessee, LSU and Michigan. Clemson has already positioned itself in a strong place.
“They fit in good,” he said. “I love all schools right now. I like Auburn. I like Alabama. I know Alabama already has a commitment I think in my class for a linebacker. That’s a downfall but I love Alabama because of their tradition. I like Georgia Tech as well. I really don’t have a specific top or no order.”
Allen said he probably will visit Alabama Saturday for its recruiting event. He said he’s not in a hurry to make a commitment, but he’s not going to wait any longer than necessary.
“It could happen. If it happens, it happens.”