LIVONIA, Mich. – As a rising junior in the Churchill defensive backfield, Jamal Allen has been working on a smooth transition from cornerback to safety. After eight games, the Chargers are 4-4 and Allen is impacting his team in several phases of the game so far.
“I know that I have six interceptions and two pick-sixes and I have seven touchdowns total,” Allen told Today’s U. “Overall, I think I’ve been doing pretty well, especially since I was switched positions from cornerback to safety. I am still getting used to it though.
“I would describe myself as a good ball player, explosive and fast.”
According to his Hudl profile, which reports a 4.45-second 40-yard dash, Allen checks in at 6-foot, 186-pounds and has the versatility to play multiple positions in the secondary. He has above average ball skills, shows instinctive reads in coverage and has the recovery speed necessary to play defensive back at the collegiate level.
Several schools have already showed interest in the dynamic junior talent. As a result, Allen’s stock is on the rise and the junior prospect updated the state of his recruitment at this early juncture.
“I have taken a few visits to schools such as Iowa, Michigan State and Miami (Oh.),” Allen said. “Then Miami offered and Iowa is still showing interest. I believe I am going to take another visit to Eastern Michigan.”
On Sunday, Allen picked up his first offer of the recruiting process from the Miami (Oh.) RedHawks. While Miami has hosted Allen on campus already this season, the junior defender was surprised to pick up the scholarship offer and spoke about his reaction to the exciting moment.
“I was shocked,” Allen said. “I just wasn’t expecting it and it was really good to know that they wanted me to go out and play for them.”
The defensive back detailed his recent visit to Miami, a trip that showcased the school’s welcoming campus, an ongoing plan to renovate the football buildings and the relatable coaches on the RedHawks’ staff.
“When I visited Miami, the coaches were very welcoming,” Allen said. “I just knew I had a special bond with the coaches and it was a really good experience. The school in general, we saw the facilities, campus and now that they are about to expand their coaching facilities, I think things will be really good out there.”
On September 26, Allen took an unofficial visit to Iowa as the Hawkeyes hosted North Texas, a battle that the home team would win by a 62-16 margin.
This visit highlighted what an “impressive” season Iowa head coach Kirk Ferent is building in 2015. Later on, Allen plans to check out another program that is budding and hopes to be on the cusp of future success—Eastern Michigan.
“I want to see how the coaching staff is,” Allen said. “I want to meet the coaching staff and get a bond with them. I want to see how the defensive backs play and the atmosphere around them.”
Click here to watch Allen’s junior midseason highlight tape.