Panama City Beach, FL--
¶ The Arnold Marlins failed to make the football State Playoffs which means for their seniors, who have the ability to play on, it's time to focus on the future. One such Marlin is Andre Allen who's coming off a record breaking career at Arnold. Andre did something no other Bay County running back has done before, he rushed for 2,000 in a season in back to back years.
Andre's Head Coach James Hale says "You get what you put into it. He runs hard, he practices hard, and he does the same things in the football game."
Allen has a unique blend of speed, elusiveness, and surprising power in his 5 foot 9, 180 pound frame. Allen says ¶"I'm kind of small so people misjudge me. I'll run you over, I'll shake you, and out run you. So when I'm coming toward you, you won't know what to do."
Allen followed up a 2, 150 yard junior campaign with another 2, 022 yards this season. What's probably most impressive about over 4,000 yards in 2 seasons, is the fact that everybody knew he was going to get the ball, and still couldn't stop him.
Says Allen "People say on third and long we're not going to throw the ball. We might just hand the ball to him, because on every play he's got the ability to score."
His exciting style of running has garnered Allen a few nicknames among fans, names like Nitro, Mr. 300 for his 300 yard rushing games, Andre 2,000, and others!
"I like Nitro because when I cut and I accelerate, you know what it is. All you see is the back of that four."
Now that his high school football days are behind him he's focused on the next level, and that starts with making a college decision.
"I know my family wants to see me play. Football is going to be a big factor and education, because if they don't have what I want to major in then I'm not going there."
Whichever school he chooses Allen is focused on getting his college degree all while making an immediate impact on the football field.
Andre verbally committed early to Ole Miss, but that's changed and he plans on taking several college visits, including Troy, in January. He says he doesn't think he'll make his college decision until signing day in February.