One of the most important pieces of a successful Gary Patterson 4-2-5 defense is having speed and athleticism, as well as size at every position. Patterson’s best defenses always come when he has athletic linemen, physical, versatile linebackers, and big defensive backs. With a number of defensive linemen set to graduate or possibly leave early after this season, TCU knew they needed an immediate impact lineman for next season, and today, they got that, in JUCO end Jordan Allen. After putting up very impressive numbers at C.C. San Francisco thus far, Allen’s raw athleticism was too much for TCU to pass on.
— Jordan Allen (@dontsleeponj) October 12, 2017
THE ALLEN FILE
Allen is the 20th commitment in TCU’s 2018 recruiting class, and the second defensive end, along with Ochuan Mathis. He’s the first commit in the class that comes from California, as he’s been playing for Community College of San Francisco for the past season. Originally a linebacker, Allen will likely play on the line in Fort Worth, though could be an extremely dangerous edge rusher, if need be.
Allen picked TCU over Arkansas, Coastal Carolina, Hawaii, Iowa State, Ole Miss and San Jose State. It’s been a huge month for Allen, as he received offers from all four power five schools on his list in the month of October. TCU offered on the 8th, after Allen visited campus two days before. The biggest reason for this sudden recruiting popularity is how dominant Allen has been thus far at C.C. San Francisco. He’s been a sack machine, and his ability to rush off the edge caught the eye of Gary Patterson and defensive line coach Zarnell Fitch.
On the field, Allen is, above all else, and incredible athlete. He runs a legitimate 4.5 forty time, and only plays on the line because of the muscle he’s put on since high school. Once he’s into P5 weight program, Allen could be either an outside linebacker or an edge rusher, but in Patterson’s system, my prediction is edge rusher. He’s not extremely developed in terms of pure skill, but his length, strength, and speed make him a very dangerous player, as soon as he arrives in Fort Worth. I think he starts in his first season. His ceiling comparison is DeMarcus Ware.