Alabama picked up a very good interior run stuffer this weekend in Darius Paige (Pensacola, Fla./Booker T. Washington) and now they have kicked off the week by adding an athletic and disruptive edge player in Jonathan Allen (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge).
The ESPN 150 prospect is listed as a defensive end, but in Alabama's scheme should fit well in more of the 'Jack' Backer role. He is a physically good looking kid with broad shoulders and he should be able to pack on some more needed mass with further physical development.
He moves well, both in straight-line speed and ability to change directions, and displays the ability to read on the run quickly. Those traits allow him to be a real active and disruptive defender. He can be a violent tackler. He has very good initial quicks that should aid him as a linebacker, but that first-step quickness could also allow him to be dangerous rushing off the edge.
Allen has room to improve, but is a nice fit for Alabama's defense as he can put his hand down and rush off the edge while also being athletic enough to be able to stand up and play in space. He will need development, but the athletic tools, toughness, and motor are there for this kid to be a real good college defender. It has been a very good couple of days for Alabama's front seven between the additions of Paige and now Allen.