Chapel Hill’s Tre Allen Commits to Arkansas State
Chapel Hill two-way standout Tre Allen committed to Arkansas State on Monday evening, according to Bulldogs coach Thomas Sitton.
Allen, a 6-foot, 230-pound senior, visited the Jonesboro, Ark., school last Wednesday.
"He really enjoyed the coaching staff and really enjoyed the campus and felt like it was home," Sitton said. "We're real proud for him."
Allen, who played fullback and linebacker for Chapel Hill during its Class 3A Division I state championship run a year ago, scored 12 total touchdowns and averaged almost 11 yards per touch in 2011. Sitton said Allen will play fullback and defensive end in 2012.
Under first-year head coach and former Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, Arkansas State will run a lot of the same offensive sets as Chapel Hill, using a hybrid fullback/tight end position that will fit Allen perfectly once he arrives at A-State, Sitton said.
"They use that fullback kind of like we do where he motions around and in and out of the backfield," Sitton said. "I think it'll be a good fit for him there. He's a good kid and a good player."
With almost its entire 2011 starting lineup having graduated, Allen will play an even more significant role as one of the Bulldogs' few experienced players this season.
"We should've played him more the last two years because he's a very talented defensive player, too," Sitton said. "He's big, he's strong, he's physical, and he's fast. You can't hardly block him."
Allen also has a Division I FBS offer from Memphis. He's ranked No. 23 on the preseason ETSN 25, counting down East Texas' top recruits in the 2013 class.