May 16, 2012
Allen looking to grab Spartan offer
One of the in-state players that has seen his recruiting stock rise this spring is Mycial Allen of Detroit Martin Luther King High School. SpartanMag.com caught up with the 5-foot-11, 185-pound prospect and got the latest details on his recruitment and where Michigan State stands.
Allen has had a strong spring on the camp and combine circuit and college coaches are starting to pay significant attention. At the Rivals/VTO Camp in Cincinnati Allen was able to showcase his skills against many of the top players in the Big ten region. Midwest Recruiting Analyst Josh Helmholdt had the following to say about Allen's performance:
" A true athlete prospect, Allen worked out at both wide receiver and defensive back on Saturday and his performance was at times both surprising and expected. We did not expect the 6-foot-1, 180-pound prospect to be as physically well-put together as he proved to be. Yet, the buzz about him coming off a standout junior season at Detroit King has been growing and we knew he would not come in and be just an also-ran. Allen uses his hands well on both sides of the football, and possesses both quickness and strength. He holds just two early offers from Memphis and Central Michigan, but expect that list to grow through the spring and summer. "
Since that camp Allen has picked dup a few additional scholarship offers. He provided Spartanmag.com with a rundown of his scholarships and the schools showing him the most interest at this point in time.
"I have scholarship offers from Memphis, Central Michigan, Northern Illinois and Bowling Green," he stated. "I am hearing regularly from Michigan State, Illinois and Indiana. Michigan State told my coach that they want me to come to camp and I might or might not get offered before that."
Rivals.com lust Allen as a safety prospect, but Michigan state apparently likes him on the other side of the ball. Allen talked about that and his thoughts about the Spartans.
"They like me as a wide receiver, he said. "Michigan State has been my favorite college since I was little. I went up there and I liked everything about it. They have a great football program and the atmosphere really stood out to me. The coaches showed me a lot of love went I was there."
Michigan State is being selective when it comes to skill positions offers and an in-state player like Allen, who is seeing his stock rise, could have an inside track to receiving a scholarship. Head Coach Mark Dantonio and his staff pout an emphasis on camp performance. It was not long ago that relative unknowns like Trae Waynes and Arjen Colquhoun came to camp and earned scholarships. We asked Allen what he is looking for in a college.
"I want to make sure the school fits my style of play," he said. "The relationship I have with the players and coaches is important. The atmosphere of the school and how far it is from home are all things I am considering."
The inside word on Allen is that he is one of those players that has added quality size and improved his overall athletic ability. Some players peek athletically early in high school. The thought on Allen is his best football is ahead of him and that is why BCS programs like the Spartans are looking forward to having him on campus. Recruiting is often about project what a player will become. That philosophy is why the Spartans signed a wide receiver named B.J. Cunningham back in the day.SpartanMag.com will be sure to keep a close eye on Allen this summer and follow up with him right after the Michigan State Camp.
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