Allen: 'I Felt Like I Would Fit Right In'

The Tifton (Ga.) Gazette
Posted Aug 23, 2007

TIFTON — Already heavily recruited, Tift County Blue Devil Zach Allen was named the Most Valuable Offensive Lineman at a Nike camp held in Athens in April.

That sent his stock up even higher as several Division I schools began to make offers to the 6-foot-3, 305-pound Allen.

Wanting to get the recruiting process out of the way, Zach Allen verbally committed to North Carolina State University late Wednesday evening.

The big senior is excited about going to Raleigh and suiting up next season with head coach Tom O’Brien’s Wolfpack.

“It is a great city and I felt like I would fit right in when I got there,” said Allen. “The offensive line coach (Don Horton) has a good reputation for sending players to the NFL. The entire coaching staff is also good.”

Keith Gosse, the offensive coordinator at Tift County, is happy for Allen.

“It’s a real good situation. He’s worked hard and he deserved it,” said Gosse, who also serves as the team’s offensive line coach. “He has earned the opportunity and he is a great find for N.C. State.”

The Tift County coach continued, “Zach is fully qualified, so it shows how hard he has worked in the classroom, as well.”

Miller Safrit, a recruiting analyst with, said Allen impressed N.C. State coaches early.

“Allen became very important to N.C. State after having a tremendous camp (here) in the spring and received an offer over the summer,” Safrit said. “With the commitment, Allen takes up a spot along the interior of the offensive line where there are just one or two spots available for the Wolfpack and it really shows just how much new head coach Tom O'Brien really likes Allen as a prospect.”

If he can step in early as a member of the Wolfpack, Allen is excited about a chance to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

“The competition level is crazy,” aid Allen. “The ACC is one of the biggest conferences in the nation and I am excited about getting my chance to play at that level.”

With his Tift County team beginning the regular season a week from tonight at Brooks County, Allen is also excited about getting the recruiting process behind him.

“I am happy to get it out of the way,” said Allen. “I just want to worry about football and my grades.”

Allen will become the second member of his family to play at the Division I level. His older brother, Josh, is a senior this season at Troy University.

Offensive Lineman Zach Allen (The Tifton Gazette)

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