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Friday, September 23, 2011
Van Allen radiating on the recruiting scene

By ESPNBoston.com

ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today on his recruiting blog with Avon Old Farms (Conn.) junior wide receiver John Van Allen, who has used the late start to the prep school season to catch up on recruiting.

Avon opens the 2011 season this weekend, which has left the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder enough time to attend two UConn games. Neither the Huskies nor Boston College have come forward with a scholarship offer yet, but they are two schools high on his list. He attended camps at both schools this summer.

Brown writes:



"My coach [Kevin Driscoll] keeps me updated on anything related to recruiting," Van Allen said. "He said UConn is pretty interested in me. Boston College as well.

"Syracuse, UCLA, Nebraska, Vanderbilt and Stanford are the other schools I've heard from. I'm kind of indecisive right now about where I'd like to go and what I'd like to study. It's a little early."

Van Allen, one of at least a handful of Division I recruits on the Avon Old Farms roster, said he's been told he could play either wide receiver or safety at the college level. He's said he has no preference, but added that wide receiver is his best position at this point in his career.

"I have pretty good speed and my height helps me go get the ball," he said. "The position doesn't matter to me. I feel I can play on both sides of the ball."

Van Allen is planning to attend a Boston College game this fall, and is trying to fit another trip to Connecticut into his schedule.

"I feel confident that I'll be getting some offers soon, because I'm confident I can play at the Division I level," Van Allen said.


For more recruiting updates on New England's top high school football talent, be sure to check out Brown's ESPN blog.