Monday, April 27, 2009

No sleeper here; Allen is wide awake

Northern Guilford's Keenan Allen, an athlete who will make a fine wide receiver or safety in college, is hardly a sleeper. All you had to do is watch him for a few minutes at Sunday's high school combine at West Charlotte High to know the kid can play, that he's a remarkable athlete.

Universities have been tripping over each other in the rush to offer him scholarships, and he already has a basket full. But he's not close to making up his mind.

Alabama, which seems to be making inroads in the Carolinas this year, is his current leader. Asked why Sunday, he said, "They have a great coaching staff; I keep in contact with them, and they are good friends."

It's all about winning hearts and minds, guys.

But 'Bama still has work to do, because the silky-smooth 6-foot-3, 195-pound Allen is enjoying the recruiting process and is in no hurry to see it end. In fact, he plans to take all five of the school visits allowed to recruits.

Pressed for a list of his current top five teams, though, he started with the Crimson Tide and then added Clemson, Oregon, California and North Carolina, in that order.--Stan Olson

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