Van Receiver Isaiah Allred Gets Second Division I Offer From Southern Illinois
Things are getting better and better for Isaiah Allred.
The senior Van receiver is part of a 10-1 team moving on to the second round of the Class 4A Division I playoffs after defeating Princeton, there's been a flurry of scholarship traffic his way recently and NCAA Division I FCS programs are beginning to follow the lead of smaller schools.
Southern Illinois reached out to Allred (6-3, 205) Friday evening and became the second Division I school to give him an offer, he announced through his personal Twitter account. The Salukis program interest follows a standing invitation to join Missouri State plus offers from five lower level teams -- Emporia State, Kentucky Christian, Northwestern Oklahoma State, Southeastern Oklahoma State and Northeastern State in Oklahoma.
Allred caught for a Van-best 90 yards on six receptions and scored once from 33 yards in Thursday's 41-14 victory against Princeton. He's the team's leading receiver and now has 908 yards and 12 touchdowns on 51 catches through 11 games.
Southern Illinois is currently 3-6 overall under first-year coach Nick Hill ahead of today's Missouri Valley Conference road game against No. 15 Youngstown State. A win today or next week against Western Illinois would allow the Salukis to surpass last season's record of 3-8, which cost former coach Don Lennon his job.
Hill is 31 years old, a former Southern Illinois player and played professionally from 2008 to 2013 before returning to Carbondale, Ill., as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
The Missouri Valley is one of the FCS' premiere leagues. It's home to five-time defending national champion North Dakota State, Youngstown State and several other extraordinarily competitive teams any given season. Missouri State also belongs to the conference and is on the rise.
Allred, like all football prospects currently in their senior year of high school, will become eligible to sign with any program that offers him in February.