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2022 Aledo S BJ Allen commits to Texas

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BJ Allen had offers from all over the country, including Arkansas, Florida, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, TCU, and USC. He even was once committed to LSU. But the allure of the home state team could not be ignored.

Allen committed to Steve Sarkisian, Blake Gideon, and Terry Joseph, becoming the second defensive back prospect to join Texas’ 2022 class. Allen is the No. 21 prospect and the No. 2 safety in the Inside Texas 2022 Top 75.

Allen noted how much he likes new coaches Terry Joseph and Blake Gideon in speaking with Inside Texas. He likes the trajectory of the Longhorns program and sees bright lights in the future in Austin.

Excerpt from the Recruiting Notebook

There’s a certain level of nonchalance to Allen’s play at safety, like he’s checking boxes on every play and only using his speed when necessary. On the occasions where Allen does use his speed he covers ground very quickly, either downhill or laterally, and makes a lot of plays on the ball, some open field tackles, and some bigger hits on the goal line. Allen may have enough range to play a coverage safety role, lined up across from slot receivers without help underneath, but he’d unquestionably be good in a support role eying things from over the top and helping clean up runs from a hash or the deep middle. In the Chris Ash defense he’d have fit best as the boundary safety, positioned to rob inside breaking routes while staying within proximity of the box. In Pete Kwiatkowski’s defense he’ll likely find a similar role. – Ian Boyd

Coach says: Strengths – Good height and frame for the safety position. Will easily end up playing around 200 lbs. Good acceleration. Highlights show tremendous range and closing speed from the single-high position. Footwork is smooth and hips are fluid. His change of direction is very good. Whether by film study or instinct, shows exceptional football IQ and anticipates the concepts being run. Takes very good angles. An impressive downhill contributor as a fill player with excellent form/breakdown and solid tackling skills. Once the play is diagnosed, he gets there in a hurry. Lower body is explosive and he uses that a lot to generate power and leave his feet when needed. Delivers a decent pop to receivers and is very disruptive in the catch zone. Highlights as a quarters safety and man coverage on the slot are very impressive. Ball skills are good. Tracks the ball well and catches it with soft hands away from his body. Special teams highlights show a confident punt returner who can fend off weak tackling attempts. Good vision in the open field and sets up the alley blockers well. Reminds me of a former Longhorn DB or two that I liked.

Areas for Improvement / Concern: Would like to see more man coverage highlights and updated measureables.

How this affects Texas: With a verified 4.43 shuttle, 32″ vertical, the athletic safety from powerhouse Aledo brings the total package to the position. After an early pledge to LSU, he de-committed and set his eyes on the Longhorns and Sooners. UT wants at least two safeties in 2022 and Allen fits one spot quite nicely. With Texas trending well for Bryce Anderson, adding Allen would give the Horns the two top-rated safeties in-state for this cycle. Blake Gideon and Terry Joseph have got this thing rolling. – @Justin Wells

Excerpt from the Inside Texas Top 75

The Aledo staff that has had many nationally recruited players come through over the years believes that he is elite. IT agrees. Allen is smooth in his pedal, closes on the ball quickly, possesses long arms and good timing for leaving his feet to make a play on the ball. – Gerry Hamilton

I’ve likened him to Michael Huff because he can cover or close from depth in a hurry. He can star in any scheme. – Eric Nahlin

Allen is the seventh commit in Texas’ 2022 class joining Evan Stewart (Frisco Liberty),  Trevell Johnson (Arlington Martin), Maalik Murphy (Junipero Serra – CA), Jaydon Blue (Klein Cain), Armani Winfield (Lewisville), and Jaylon Guilbeau (Port Arthur Memorial).

Cover photo courtesy of Allen