By Cam Smith, USA TODAY High School Sports | October 27, 2017 9:33 am ET
Marietta Lassiter (Ga.) defensive back Derrik Allen received his honorary U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey Thursday at his school as part of the Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound safety was proud of his accomplishment, and said that being a part of the U.S. Army game was particularly important because of his father’s past in the military.
“I went through the entire Adidas circuit and I loved every part of it,” Allen told USA TODAY. “And it’s also important to me because my Dad was in the military. He got a chance to wear his West Point shirt today so he was pretty excited about that.”
Allen, a Notre Dame commit, is rated as a four-star recruit by 247Sports. He is a top-10 safety prospect nationwide, and holds more than 35 scholarship offers. Allen completed his recruiting process relatively early, committing to Notre Dame in February, and has taken just one unofficial visit during the current football season … to see the Fighting Irish in September.
He’ll be among the nation’s top players competing at the U.S Army All-American Bowl, which kicks off Saturday, Jan. 6 in San Antonio at 1 p.m. ET on NBC. He’s excited to meet up again with some of the stars he’s gotten to know from across Georgia and the nation at the game, all while continuing to hone his craft.
“I’m really looking forward to training with some of the best and being with the greatest collection of talent out there,” Allen said. “There’s more talent in one place there than even on college teams. It’s going to be amazing.”