There is a very good reason why four-star offensive lineman Allen Carroll (6-4, 285) from Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds is considered among the very best in the west. He has the legitimate potential to play anywhere along the line of scrimmage and hasn't even come close to fulfill his massive potential.
Former McClymonds coach Alonzo Carter, now coach at Berkeley High School, also known as the "Real Coach Carter" probably said it best when he heaped on his praise for Carroll. Carter said, "Allen is a franchise player and could be the best lineman I've ever had."
That is a pretty impressive statement by one of the better coaches in Northern California.
Carroll currently has offers on the table from Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Washington, Washington State, San Jose State, Utah, Nebraska and more.
The talented behemoth took in two camps this summer working on his skills at the Cal and San Jose State camps. He also took an unofficial visit to UCLA this summer.
"Both camps were really nice," Carroll said. "I learned different pass blocking techniques like how to keep a bull rusher off of you. We focused a lot on techniques.
"UCLA was really nice," Carroll said. "I liked the campus and the coaches were good.
"I like UCLA's offensive line coach (Bob Connelly) and everybody was friendly. UCLA is a beautiful place."
Is there a decision timeframe for Carroll?
"I have no idea when I'll make my decision," Carroll said. "It could be during the season or maybe even later.
"Right now I like UCLA, Arizona, Washington and Oregon. It won't make a difference if I stay close to home or travel a little bit away from home. Most likely I want to take some official visits before making up my decision."
Carroll has some lofty goals for 2007.
"My goal is to keep everybody going and win a championship," Carroll said. "I want to go farther than we did last year and think we have the players to do so."
Carroll earned first-team all-league and first-team all-city for his junior season performance. He is a member of the Rivals.com Rivals100 team for the class of 2008 and is ranked as the nation's No. 97 prospect at any position.
Rivals.com rates Carroll as the nation's No. 4 offensive guard prospect and was selected to the Rivals.com California Top 100 landing as the Golden State's No. 12 player at any position.