Five-star defensive back Derrik Allen is getting ready to release a list of his top schools. Expect Clemson to make the cut.
Allen, one of the top prospects in the class of 2018 from Lassiter High School in Marietta, Ga., said Clemson is in really good standing with him as he prepares to narrow his recruitment.
Allen last visited Clemson in March for Junior Day. He hasn’t felt the need to visit Clemson again for the time being, as he knows what the school and program have to offer.
“Trying to see a few other places as I have a very good feel for Clemson and what they have to offer,” Allen said during a recent interview with The Clemson Insider. “One of my top schools for sure as I am narrowing my list.”
Allen had an outstanding junior season for Lassiter.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder notched 37 tackles, 22 assists, one sack, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, and seven pass breakups on 35 targets. He allowed just 13 receptions all year, and only two of 20 or more yards.
A terrific athlete, Allen also recorded four receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown while returning six kicks for 205 yards (34.2 average).
As a sophomore in 2015, Allen had 50 tackles, 12 pass breakups and two picks.
Allen owns over 30 offers, highlighted by Clemson, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Penn State among others.
Clemson was one of the first schools to offer Allen in June 2015 after he impressed at the Dabo Swinney Camp.
Allen is a priority target of Clemson’s staff, and he recently received a visit from defensive backs coach Mike Reed.
“I hear from Clemson a lot through text and Twitter,” Allen said. “Coach Reed came by (my) school during the recruiting period. Still a top priority at DB.”
Allen and Reed have formed a strong relationship.
“It’s good,” Allen said. “I like him a lot and the way he coaches. He seems to be a players’ coach.”
Overall, Allen likes a lot about Clemson.
“Like the campus and facilities,” Allen said. “Has a real family environment. I like that all the coaches seem to really care about the players. The players seem to really like being there.”
“Game day is always hyped with the fans,” he added.
It doesn’t hurt Clemson that Allen has some Clemson influences in his life, too.
“My grandparents on my dad’s side, they’re all from Allendale and they’re all big Clemson fans,” Allen told TCI in March following his Junior Day trip. “I’ve been growing up with Clemson my whole life.”
Allen isn’t sure exactly when he will commit, but said it will likely be before the beginning of his senior season.
As for his list of top schools, he plans to release it soon.
“Top schools in a couple days more than likely,” Allen said.
Allen will heavily consider a few factors in his recruitment when rendering a decision in the future.
“Academics, development as a player and just my overall comfort level with the school,” he said.
Allen is rated by 247Sports as the nation’s No. 3 cornerback, the No. 5 prospect in Georgia and the nation’s No. 21 prospect in the 2018 class.