Northern Texas has provided UND with its latest addition to the 2012 recruiting class in 6′-1″ 195 pound linebacker and tackling machine, J.D. Allen. Allen hails from Amarillo and played for Canyon Randall High School, who finished the season 11-2 after winning 2 games in the 2011 Texas 4A Division II High School Playoffs.
Allen recorded 181 tackles during his junior campaign and followed it up with another 150 tackles in his senior season. As a result, he is the 2-time District 3-4A Defensive MVP and also was named the 2011 Amarillo Globe-News Defensive Player of the Year.
Allen is an athletic, high-energy, sideline-to-sideline inside linebacker with good speed for the Randall 3-4 defense on the football field. Off the field as a junior, he was also a member of the 1600-meter relay team that went to the state track meet.
We project Allen to play in college where he was most comfortable at in high school – inside linebacker for UND’s 3-4 defense. UND cornerbacks coach Benny Boyd is who we believe recruits the state of Texas and ultimately uncovered and landed Allen.
Allen is the 29th overall addition to the 2012 class and the 7th linebacker, joining Taj Rich, Brian Labat, Brandon Larson, Jared Tuilagi, Joe Schobert and Derrick Goard (JUCO).