December 17, 2010

Allen talks about his future as a Black Knight

In Army's triple option offense, where the rubber truly meets the road is up front … the offensive line.

For the Black Knights' staff, they continue to add line talent to the 2011 recruiting class. Already having received pledges from David Evans and Nick Bennett, it would nice for this class to bring in at least 7-10 prospects for the offensive line.

Although Rafe Kiely committed to Wyoming, he still remains a possibility, but with or without Kiely, adding 6-foot-2, 270 pound Bill Allen out of Garden City (NY) Garden City High is a nice pick up for the staff.

Allen has been on the Army radar for some time, but it was the New York product who initiated contact with the Black Knights' staff.

"I emailed them last spring and my dad and I went up there … we met with Coach Tripp," declares Allen. "We toured the facilities and I just loved it. However, my mother wasn't completely on board, but I had my mind set on Army in the summer.

My family wanted me to keep my options open, but after she came up with me in July, she loved it … so I committed to Army early September."

Allen, who played offensive tackle for Garden City, is being projected as a guard or center at the next level.

He has become familiar with the manner in which Army runs its offense, after taking in two games this season. "I came back up to West Point for an unofficial visit to the Army-Hawaii game on September 11th and I just came back from the Army-Navy game," Allen shares.

Why Army?

Why Army for Allen? "I always had three goals for my life," he shared.

"Get great education, serve my country and play college football and Army is the ideal place where I can get all three. Plus I'm only an hour and a half away from my home, so my family can come and see me play."

With his Letter of Assurance in hand, Allen who will be a direct admit is ready to get his career started on the Banks of the Hudson.

"I'm very excited about my decision and can't wait to get started," he admits, but he also realizes the challenges of any freshmen coming in to the academy, especially linemen who are trying to maintain their muscle mass and weight.

I'm looking to add a lot more muscle to handle Beast Barracks," states Allen. "I've talk to some people and they say you lose muscle during Beast, so I want to be prepared." congratulates Bill Allen for becoming the newest member of the Long Gray Line.

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