Geoff Collins got some really big news today! Marietta-native Derrik Allen announced on Twitter that he was transferring from Notre Dame back home to Georgia Tech!
Coming out of Lassiter High School, Allen was a consensus four-star recruit (5.9 on Rivals and 0.9516 on the 247 Sports Composite). In his lone season in South Bend, Allen redshirted and it doesn’t look like he appeared in any games. With that, Allen will likely have to sit this season and then have three left to play, and that could put him in a pretty good position to get some playing time.
Standing at 6-2 and more than 220 pounds, Allen could slot in pretty well at strong safety. Tariq Carpenter is currently set to be the starter right now, but he is in his junior season with senior Christian Campbell being the first guy off the bench. Next year, Carpenter will be a senior which could allow Allen to be that first guy off the bench before taking over the starting job as a junior.
Watching his film, it’s pretty clear why Allen was a four-star. For someone as big as him, he does a pretty good job in coverage and has a pretty good eye for the ball. That will serve him well moving forward!
Welcome to the Flats!