West Virginia’s slow starting 2018 class just got a big boost, and perhaps a boost that will cause some other dominoes to fall (hint hint). That boost is Kentucky defensive tackle Tyrese Allen, as Allen announced his decision at his high school following a visit to Morgantown this past weekend. Allen is only the second prospect in the 2018 class for Dana Holgorsen, and he’s the second defensive line prospect, alongside (both in class and potentially on the field in a few years) James Gmiter.
— Jonathan Martin (@JonathanKMartin) April 18, 2017
THE ALLEN FILE
|Name||Hometown||Position||Position Rank||Star Rating|
|Tyrese Allen||Paintsville, KY||DT||67||⭐⭐⭐|
Allen’s commitment moves West Virginia to the 60th spot in the 247Sports class rankings, though he’s a far more important prospect than his ranking indicates. Mainly, because of the teams that West Virginia beat for his commitment: Cincinnati, Purdue, Memphis, and Kentucky. None of those teams are powerhouses, by any means, but they’re all generally strong in the Great Lakes region, and if West Virginia can begin to consistently beat them out for Ohio, Michigan. Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Illinois 3-stars, the Mountaineers will continue to be a contender in a few years.
On the field, I love Allen’s game. He’s raw, in terms of his pure technical skill, but he’s an athletic freak, and he can hit as hard as anybody. He plays defensive tackle and running back (!!!) for his high school, and if we’re being honest, could play a ton of positions in Morgantown. He has the quickness and athleticism to play on the end if he loses some weight (currently he’s 290, would probably need to be around 270).
However, with his height (6-foot-3) added into the equation, it isn’t too crazy to see the potential for him to get even leaner than he would need to get to play end (250-255), and move back into a 3-4 edge, much like you would see in the NFL. With the system that West Virginia runs (3-3-5/8-3 depending on your mindset), Allen could (probably won’t) be an incredibly dangerous rusher from the linebacker position. But don’t get your hopes up.