Georgia Tech received big news Friday night, but it wasn’t coaching news. The Jackets picked up a commitment from Safety Briton Allen from the IMG Academy in Florida
Allen is a high 3* prospect per 247 composite(Score of .8890) and Rivals(5.7). He is the highest-rated recruit in the class per 247 composite and is tied for the highest-rated recruit on rivals.
Athletes at the IMG Academy garner a lot of attention from Power-5 schools, and Allen was no exception. Allen possesses offers from several different Power-5 schools, and ultimately came down to Georgia Tech, Pitt, Rutgers, and Kentucky.
While there is uncertainty as to whether or not Nate Woody will remain as DC when the coaching search is over, Allen would be a perfect fit at multiple positions in Tech’s current defensive scheme. When looking at safety film, the main characteristics one should look for are range(Combination of length and closing speed), tackling ability, and an ability to make plays on balls in the air.
Allen has exceptional range, and it’s what makes him such an exciting prospect. At 6-0, he has a good frame for the position, and has the speed to cover ground, especially in run support. He didn’t do much “center field” play in his highlights, but he was all over the run game, getting wide and shedding any blocking attempts thrown at him. Allen is a screen game killer, getting to the point of attack quickly before blocking can develop and disrupting the flow of the screen.
Allen is a vicious hitter that sometimes goes in for “highlight hits” a bit much, but he also demonstrated an ability to square up and wrap up when needed. As mentioned before, he gets downhill rapidly and has a nasty streak in him. His attitude is that of a tenacious defender, but he’ll need to make sure he is more consistent with his tackling.
Allen displays good short area quickness and fluidity when he was used as a slot corner in man coverage by the IMG defense, demonstrating his versatility and full athletic profile. He attacked the ball, and knows the limits of how much contact he can initiate without penalty. His positioning wasn’t always perfect, but he demonstrated short-field coverage ability not always seen in hard-hitting safeties.
Woody’s defense is a base cover-3 system, and I didn’t see enough deep coverage from Allen to make me comfortable with him at the Free Safety position, though he has the range for it. I see Allen as more of a fit for the Strong Safety and Stinger positions. At either position, he’ll be able to cover shallow zones and be a run support force. At Strong Safety especially, his ability to come downhill quickly will be a huge help stopping field side screens and sweeps, which still give me anxiety as a fan.
Overall, Allen is probably my favorite recruit so far in the class, though Jack LB recruit Chico Bennett is up there as well. Allen will be an invaluable asset to this defense, and this a huge pickup during a time of transition on the Flats.