May 24, 2012

Arizona tackle gets visit from Wyoming

With a number of offensive linemen ready to graduate over the next two seasons, the Wyoming Cowboy football staff is making road graders a priority. For that reason the Wyoming Cowboys have worked hard to make inroads with Mesa (Ariz.) tackle, Nick Allen.

"Coaches tell me I am fast off the ball," Allen said. "It doesn't matter whether it is run blocking or pass blocking to me, but run blocking is probably more fun."

Allen stands 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds. Despite his size, he has a fast time in the 40-yard dash (4.75) and has shown athletic ability in both basketball and track, where his personal best throw in the discus is 140 feet.

Allen was named First Team All-Conference and honorable mention All-State last season on a 10-3 Desert Ridge team that made it to the state semifinals. Currently, Allen holds scholarship offers from South Dakota State and Wyoming and said he is hearing from San Diego State and Arizona State.

Wyoming assistant coach Matt Rahl was at Allen's school last week and Allen said he was impressed with what Rahl had to offer.

"He came to visit my school and he showed me all the coaches and the virtual tour," Allen said. "He told me some stuff about the school. I thought it was pretty cool. It looked nice."

Allen said Rahl has been at Desert Ridge to talk to him a couple times, including one spring practice. He said the distance to Wyoming isn't a concern, but the future engineering major did say he has visited a school which is a little more local - Arizona State - unofficially.

"It looked pretty cool. It was the first college I have been to, so it was pretty cool," Allen said.

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