Five-star defensive back Derrik Allen returned to Clemson this weekend for Saturday’s Junior Day after last visiting for Junior Day in March 2016.
The Clemson Insider caught up with the top prospect from Lassiter High in Marietta, Ga., about his visit.
“It was a great visit,” Allen said. “My mom, dad and I all thought it was a good visit.”
Touring Clemson’s recently completed $55 million football operations facility was one of the highlights for Allen, a consensus top-150 player in the 2018 class who is rated as high as the No. 22 overall prospect and No. 2 corner nationally by 247Sports.
“Seeing the new facility. It was incredible,” Allen said when asked what stood out to him. “But really talking to the coaches and seeing how they really have a family atmosphere at Clemson. It’s just different than other places and they are successful.”
Clemson was one of the first schools to offer Allen, who now has over 30 offers, in June 2015. In December, the 6-foot-1, 205-pounder cut down his recruitment when he named Clemson, Cal, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State as the schools he will focus on and evaluate going forward.
Allen had the opportunity to talk with newly promoted co-defensive backs coach Mickey Conn among other members of the staff while on campus.
What did he hear from the coaches?
“Same, that I am a priority recruit and they really want me to be a part of the program. Nothing different,” Allen said. “I got a good chance to speak with coach Conn as they are recruiting me at safety.”
Allen was one of six prospects rated as a five-star by either 247 or Rivals.com to attend Clemson’s Junior Day, and he was impressed by the amount of elite talent on hand.
“It was motivation,” he said. “There was some big-time talent there yesterday. Impressive guys.”
Allen said he isn’t sure where he will visit next.
As for Clemson, it remains in good standing with him.
“Clemson has been and is one of my top schools that my family and I are evaluating,” Allen said. “They are up there.”
As a junior in 2016, Allen recorded 37 tackles, seven pass breakups, one sack, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown.
Allen also logged four receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown while returning six kicks for 205 yards (34.2 average).
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