Running back Javorious 'Buck' Allen will arrive on campus Thursday, nearly a month after was originally planned, and begin practicing with the Trojans next week, Trojans coach Lane Kiffin indicated Wednesday.
Allen, a Class of 2011 freshman from Tallahassee, Fla., was delayed by a summer-school class he had to take back home at Lincoln High, the alma mater of current Trojans Jawanza Starling and T.J. Bryant. But, even then, he was supposed to arrive by the first weekend of fall camp alongside fellow late-arrival Junior Pomee.
But neither of them ended up coming when Kiffin predicted they would, with Pomee arriving roughly two weeks into camp and then breaking his foot less than a week in. Allen's arrival was further delayed, Kiffin revealed Wednesday, by issues with the NCAA Clearinghouse, but that has all been resolved at this point.
The 6-1, 205-pounder will now likely redshirt the 2011 season but could see time as a big-back specialist once Marc Tyler leaves after this year. All of the Trojans' other options are of a smaller build.
Allen turned 20 earlier this week.