Northern Guilford wide receiver/safety Keenan Allen has chosen Alabama over Clemson and Oregon.
“The biggest reason was the coaches,” Allen’s dad Scott Lang said a moment ago. “(Assistant coach) Bo Davis followed up after his visit and checked on him all the time. There was no pressure at all, but Keenan just really liked him and the other Alabama coaches.”
Allen, ranked No.2 on The Observer’s Top 25 NC Prospects list, is perhaps the best pure athlete in the Carolinas.
Check out these numbers, straight from Northern Guilford coach Johnny Roscoe, who also used Allen part-time at RB:
“He had 15 rushing touchdowns, 11 receiving, three on punt returns, two on interceptions an one on a kickoff, for a total of 32. For what it’s worth, he also had six two-point conversions.
“On defense, he was over 90 tackles with six interceptions—four of those went for touchdowns. He also had three tackles for loss, two caused fumbles, one recovered fumble and a sack.”
Alabama plans to use Allen at WR, so I asked Roscoe if he thought that would be Allen’s best college position.
“He’s one of the very few players who can play wherever he wants in college,” Roscoe said. “He’s got that kind of ability.”
Allen led Northern Guilford into the playoffs with a 10-1 record.
“As good as he is, I like him better as a person than a player,” Roscoe said.
“Alabama is getting a player who will help their team, because he’s a team player first.”
While we mentioned his three finalists, Allen had “30, maybe 35 offers,” said Lang.
“Everybody offered him. North Carolina and N.C. State were in there; we visited and talked to some great coaches at those places.”
Finally, though, the Crimson Tide rolled over the rest of the contenders.