August 3, 2008
Sold on Vols, Allen seeks title
Several months removed from ending his recruitment at Tennessee's annual spring game, Paris, Tenn., running back Dominique Allen is back on the football field. Practice is underway for his final year of high school football and the Henry County tailback is hoping to end his prep career in style.
"Everything is great," Allen said. "I'm just focusing on my senior year. I've been lifting weights and just focusing on improving in every area. I want to improve my entire game. I want to improve my blocking, speed, strength and just get better in every area."
Not only is Allen focused on improving his game individually, but his main focus is directed toward a run to Murfreesboro and a possible state championship. And that is why he is glad to have his recruitment behind him.
"I'm glad that I'm not going through what (Marsalis) is," Allen said. "I need to focus on winning state. I got my entire senior year ahead of me and I want to graduate at the top of my class and that's the main thing."
Allen shares the backfield with teammate and best friend Marsalis Teague. The dynamic duo make for a tough combination on Friday nights, but unlike Allen, Teague is not committed. He's got an offer from the Vols and could continue playing with his childhood friend if he so chooses. Allen is pushing for both to wear orange, but he admits that he has no clue which school Teague will choose.
"I want him to come to Tennessee, but I honestly have no idea where he'll end up," Allen said. "He has to do what is best for him."
Allen remains firmly committed to the Volunteers but recently took a trip to Louisiana to see some of his family. While on the bayou, Allen detoured by Baton Rouge to see the LSU program. He enjoyed his time in Tiger country, but said that Tennessee fans shouldn't worry.
"I'm still committed to Tennessee," Allen said. "Our family decided to make the trip and we had no expectations. You should always have a backup plan because you never know what might happen. They (Tennessee fans) have nothing to worry about."
Allen's summer break was spent bagging groceries at the local Kroger in Paris. When he's not been lifting bags full of frozen foods and delectable treats, he's been lifting weights in the weight room.
"I'm always lifting weights," Allen said. "It's a constant. I bench press 355 and I do a lot of leg work."
He is dedicated in the weight room because he wants to maintain his physical frame while still being able to run with good speed.
"I run the 40 in 4.6 flat," Allen said. "I'm big, but I got speed and I pack a punch."
It's not to often that you see someone play running back on offense and nose guard on defense, but that is what Allen does. He enjoys his snaps on defense, but playing offense is what he feels like he was born to do.
"I love offense any day of the week," Allen said. "I would rather run over someone than get to the quarterback any time."
And once Allen gets the ball on offense, the opposing defense should look out because he's always looking for a good bit of contact.
"I love head-to-head collisions," Allen said. "Last year in the playoffs against Memphis Fairley, I guess it was the second series and I had a long run and I ran over a linebacker. Everyone was going crazy. It was awesome."
Awesome not only describes that play, but would be a description to what Allen hopes is a storybook ending to his high school career.
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