The Longhorns got off to a quick start in 2022 and most of their success has been on the offensive side of the ball. Today, Texas hit an important goal on the defensive side of the ball with the commitment of Bryan allen.
Aledo’s four-star safety chose Texas over offerings from LSU, Oklahoma, Florida, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Texas A&M. Allen was previously engaged with LSU for the past year, but decided to open his draft in January. Allen was harshly persecuted from the beginning by Texas personnel and they were able to close the deal quickly.
Allen has excelled in high school since his freshman year. In his first season at Fort Worth Southwest, Allen was named Defensive Player of the Year. He moved to Aledo during his sophomore season and helped the powerful program win another state title by taking home Defensive Newcomer of the Year honors in District 5-5A-Division II. In 2020, Allen was part of another state championship team and won the Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year award from the Texas Sports Writers Association.
Allen is heading into his senior season as one of the most experienced prospects in the state of Texas as a potential four-year starter who has played 16 games in two consecutive seasons. 247Sports National recruiting analyst Gabe Brooks compares Allen to former Texas security and current Miami Dolphin Brandon jones and describes his game as follows.
“It has the structure and frame needed for a Power Five safety prospect. Slim and athletic with room to outshine the 200-pound plateau. Strong production as a sophomore for the perennial Texas Power and the 5A D-II state championship team. Shows impressive traits of anticipation. Quickly diagnose versus running or passing. He closes downhill fast and is ready to participate in front of the race. Flash off impressive perimeter pursuit ability. Solid tackle who takes good angles. It comes with a purpose and provides occasional great success. It shows a promising speed of recovery. Natural center gardener in coverage. Disruptive at the point of capture. Bi-sports athlete who runs on the track (100 meters, 200 meters, relays). Proper tester that plays faster than test times. You will need to keep perfecting the technique and reps of the man’s coverage. Adequate ball skills, but can improve. National Elite Safety Outlook in Class 2022. High-Level Projects with Long-Term NFL Draft Potential. “
At 6-foot-180, Allen is ranked sixth in safety in the country and 18 as an overall prospect in Texas, according to 247Sports Composite.
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Allen joins one of the nation’s most popular classes, which includes five-star quarterback Gardena (Cailf.) Junipero Serra Maalik murphy, four-star wide receiver Frisco Liberty Evan stewart, four-star racer Klein Cain Blue jaydon, four-star wide receiver Lewisville Armani winfield, Port Arthur Memorial four-star cornerback and Arlington Martin three-star inside linebacker Trevell johnson.