Class of 2016 Long Beach Community College strong-side defensive end Josh Allen took some time away from his busy spring football schedule to talk with me on the phone last week. I was very impressed with his patience, politeness, and how articulate the young man was.
“Right now Boise is one of my top schools,”
he says. Allen took a visit to Boise last year and was impressed with the school and the football facilities, “they’re very nice, I really liked them.”
Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin, defensive coordinator Marcel Yates, and his primary recruiter, defensive line coach/associate head coach Steve Caldwell, were the first coaches to offer Allen a scholarship, and that has really left an impression on him.
He says the coaches seem like they care about you more than just as a football player.
“They talk to me about more than just football, but what to do after football.”
Josh would like to be a coach when he is finished playing and the Boise staff has encouraged him in that area. “The D-line tradition at Boise State shows the types of players they have coming out of there and it shows they (the coaches and the players) can be looked at as role models.” Allen says that in five years he’s see’s himself playing the NFL or coaching at the college level.
Allen said he ended up at Long Beach Community College after it was difficult to find academic guidance coming out of high school. Since then however, he’s been able to put his football talents on display for the Vikings and the bigger schools have noticed. He currently holds offers from Arizona State, San Diego State, Colorado State, and Fresno State (along with Boise), with Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oregon, and USC also showing interest.
He says he talks with USC coaches twice a week. Some of his offers may have more pull than others. He grew up in Inglewood, California watching the Ducks, Trojans, and Sun Devils as a kid.
When I asked Allen what role a school’s uniforms would play in his decision he quipped, “everybody has cool uniforms now-a-days, as long as they’re not Penn State.”
His favorite Boise uniforms are the all grays, and he thinks a gray helmet in the future would be cool.
He wears the number 10 because he was born on July 10th. His favorite players are Minnesota Vikings and former UCLA Bruins Linebacker Anthony Barr and current free agent Dwight Freeney.
He is very close with his three bothers and mother, and while he will seek their help in his upcoming decision of where to continue his football career, it is ultimately his decision.
You can follow Allen on Twitter @2LiveStokess, a nickname given to him by his friends.
Playing time is important for the 6’4″ 260lbs California product, as he has three years to attend his next school to play two.
Allen was in attendance for Boise State’s 38-30 victory over the Arizona Wildcats this past New Years Eve and said it was very exciting getting to meet a lot of the current Broncos at the game.
He’s friends with Bronco wideouts AJ Richardson, Rick Smith, linebacker Joe Martarano, and former Bronco cornerback Cleshawn Page. Recent Bronco CB signee Ray Ford is a good friend of Allen’s from their time playing against each other in JC and Josh says that Ray’s, “aggressive, not afraid to tackle and loves to compete.”
Allen says he would rather sack a quarterback than blow up a running back. His favorite thing to do with his free time is to hang out with his family. His favorite food is Sea Food, his favorite movie is The Blindside, and his favorite TV show is SportsCenter. A few years down the road he says he’d like to settle down with a wife and raise a family.
You can follow me, Robert on twitter @Robert_BNN. Stay tuned to Bronco Nation News for updates on his recruitment.