Wake Forest has won the battle for one of the state of Florida’s better linebackers, receiving the commitment of Zachary Allen of Pahokee High.
Allen, who is 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, picked the Deacons over Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and West Virginia, all of whom had offered scholarships. Allen had about 20 offers in all.
His finalists were the Deacons and the Hurricanes.
Allen, who is being recruited by most programs as an outside linebacker, played both LB and tight end as a junior. Defensively, he was in on 50 tackles, including 10 sacks and 25 for losses. In an offense that used the TE primarily as a blocker, he caught five passes, with two of those going for touchdowns.
He has 4.67-second speed in the 40-yard dash.