The two schools that have led wide receiver Devon Allen's recruitment for months were officially pushed aside on Friday in favor on the new program on the four-star receiver's recruiting block. Allen held a football scholarship offer from Oregon for roughly a week and, apparently, that was long enough.
Standing in an airport on Friday afternoon, he made things official. One of the fastest wide receivers in the region will become a Duck. Apparently, the decision wasn't difficult, either.
"I just called them a couple hours ago when I was in the Phoenix airport," Allen said. "I tried to commit last night, but Coach was on a plane. I did it today. My dad and I talked about it last night. I felt like it was just the best place for me with everything I want to do."
Allen, who will run track and play football in Eugene, cites the combination of success in both of his chosen sports as the driving force behind his decision. Ducks offensive coordinator Scott Frost accepted the Phoenix Brophy Prep senior's verbal commitment by phone. Allen had yet to speak with newly minted head coach Mark Helfrich, but at this point the conversation is a formality.
"I'm supposed to talk to him tonight," Allen said upon arriving in California for an all-star game. "I'm going to call him once I get to the hotel and get settled."
As for specifics on what's to take place after he signs a letter of intent, those are still being ironed out. Allen's calling card, of course, is his elite-level speed. He's a state-champion hurdler and one of the top high school sprinters in the country. There's little question about what he brings to the table athletically, and he plans on using his defining trait often once on campus.
"In track, I pretty much have freedom," Allen said. "The coach says I can pretty much do any of my events: hurdles and the sprints. He says I can even do decathlon if I want to try that. He says the sky is the limit on that. With Oregon football, Coach Frost says they just need some speed guys. They have De'Anthony Thomas, but he's in the backfield a lot of the time. They want some speed guys on the outside that can really break open the field. He said that's what they are going to use me for."
Allen is the No. 22 wide receiver in the country and the No. 186-rated player overall. He chose Oregon over 23 other scholarship offers.
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