The Frogs will get some veteran help next fall, as JUCO Defensive End Jordan Allen made his commitment Wednesday night, pledging to join #CarterBoys18. The 6’5”, 230 pound speedster took his official visit for the West Virginia game, and that was enough to sell him on Fort Worth and TCU.
The former high school wide receiver had a long and winding road to this point, coming from a high school program that didn’t have much success on the field or invest in a weight-lifting program off of it. UC Davis, a strong academic school in the Sacramento area discovered Allen, who has 4.5 speed, and thought he had potential as a defensive end. But Allen believed in his potential, so he left UCD for City College of San Francisco, where he began collecting big time offers once his tape went up online. SFCC plays a 4-2-5 defense, so the transition to GP’s system shouldn’t be too much of a shock for an athlete still learning the position.
Once TCU saw his film, it wasn’t long before Coach Sharp was in contact, as the Frogs have a huge need on the end with the looming graduation of Mat Boesen, another juco product. The school arranged for him to make his visit last weekend, and offered him Sunday. Though he planned to take other visits - Ole Miss, Arkansas, Iowa State, and others have offered - TCU left such a positive impression on him (and more importantly his mother) that he made the decision just two days later.
Jeremy Clark of 247 Sports caught up with Allen after his visit:
“I really liked it a lot; my favorite thing is that is feels like family,” Allen said of TCU. “The team was very welcoming, the coaches were welcoming and just the general public was very polite. The facilities were definitely top notch. They have a good academic structure too.”
With such a big need for the 2018 class at defensive end Allen definitely is one of TCU’s top targets. The coaches expressed that to him over the weekend.
“I think I’d fit right in and be able to come in and make plays; be involved,” Allen said. “They really have a need at defensive end, especially for someone like me. They want me to get on board and I talked to Coach P today and had a good talk.”
Allen is the second defensive end to commit in the Class of 2018, joining Ochaun Mathis out of Manor, TX. He is the 19th player to commit overall, and the eighth on the defensive side of the ball.
Welcome to the Frog Fam, Jordan!