For the second day in a row Georgia coaches got good news for the class of 2015, as nationally ranked offensive tackle Patrick Allen committed to the Bulldogs.
Allen, a 6'5, 286 pound standout from Reisterstown, Maryland also had offers from the likes of Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State and Southern Cal. In other words, Allen was a guy everybody wanted, and with good reason. He's a consensus national top 250 recruit. Georgia offered Allen, who could play either tackle or guard, back in April. But that didn't stop him from coming down to the Mark Richt Camp in June and putting on a show, taking rep after rep and beating solid competition. I have a soft spot for big guys who come to campus to compete. Always have, always will.
You can see junior film of Allen here:
Allen has the size and build you want for a college lineman, thick through the hips and lower body, but not fat. It's not hard to imagine him playing at 310 pounds without getting too doughy. Allen has really long arms for his size, which will be a huge asset if Georgia starts him out at tackle (which I believe is his natural position). I'd label his footwork as above average, though still needing some work. Allen has the agility to get out in space and block downfield. The one thing I'd like to see more of, and which I presume the Georgia coaches have seen, is Allen one-on-one against similarly physical defensive linemen. Frankly in this video he's repeatedly beating the crap out of kids he may outweigh by 50 to 100 pounds, albeit in a very athletic and aggressive manner. There's definitely a lot to work with here.
Allen joins Devondre Seymour and Sage Hardin as the third offensive lineman fro the class of 2015. And the 'Dawgs likely aren't done, as they continue to pursue Emanuel McGirt, who camped at Georgia last month and recently recommitted from North Carolina (he's also considering N.C. State among others). That would be a solid haul up front, assuming they can be developed into solid contributors up front. Welcome to Bulldog Nation, Pat! And . . .