In the days leading up to the Under Armour All-America Game, USA TODAY High School Sports will be checking in with a number of players for their accounts of the events and activities in Orlando. This entry is from Louisiana native Willie Allen, an offensive tackle for state power John Curtis High in New Orleans. At 6-7, 300, Allen is ranked as the No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation by ESPN.com and No. 5 overall recruit.
These Under Armour practices have been pretty intense. The top guys are all here, and we’re competing every day. It can make all of us better, and I think it’s going to.
I really don’t have any problem with playing on a bigger stage like this. I’m not sure if some of the other guys here do, but I know a lot of the other players here from Louisiana. We’re all just out here competing. We’re all at the same place right now, and we want to take advantage of it because this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
We’ve been doing a lot when we’re not playing football, but personally, I’m really most excited about giving back to the Boys & Girls Club tomorrow. I’m really looking forward to that. We’re going to coach them and help build bikes. It’s just a small way to give back, but we never had that when I was growing up. Hopefully we can help make some kids’ lives a little bit better.
Because I’m from Louisiana, which isn’t too far, I’m getting to spend time with my family when I’m not in practice. And they are all here. There’s like 40 or 50 people coming in to see me. Me being in this game is a big deal for us.
As far as college football, I don’t have a recruiting timetable. I’ll commit whenever I’m ready. I told my family I would do it whenever, and they all were ok with it. I don’t know if I’ll commit Saturday, but it’s a definite possibility.
Rashan (defensive tackle and top overall prospect Rashan Gary) has been talking to me about next year, as have a lot of other guys. They’ve been doing a good job of trying to recruit me, all to different places.
While I’m still not sure where I’ll play next year, I think everyone should know that family matters to me. I’m really focused on getting better every day and giving back to my family, and that’s what I’m here to do.