A Father's Perspective

Devon Allen

This past weekend, Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep four-star wide receiver and track star, Devon Allen, took an official visit to Oregon. He was accompanied by his father, Louis Allen, who shared the details of the weekend with FOX Sports NEXT, following the trip.

This past weekend, Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep four-star wide receiver and track star, Devon Allen, took an official visit to Oregon. He was accompanied by his father, Louis Allen, who shared the details of the weekend with FOX Sports NEXT, following the trip.

"We got to Eugene on Friday and got set up in the hotel," Allen recaps. "Devon was actually hosted by some of the members of the track team. On Saturday we went and saw all the track facilities and some of the football facilities; spent some time with the track team and coaches, and then we also spent some time with the football team coaches.

According to Allen, the football staff did not disappoint.

"I personally was amazed by the technology that Oregon has," he raves. "I see why they're superior in a lot of ways. The technology that they have is something that's almost like science fiction. They have the newest technology to help players get better, help them get faster, help them get stronger, help them with endurance; it's just mind-boggling, to say the least. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around it.

"We spent pretty much all of Sunday with the football team. We met with Scott Frost and Coach Fisher, looked at the facilities, and actually talked to the trainer. They checked Devon out. There's some things that they do, as far as measurements go, to determine ideas on what a kid's size should be and Devon was pretty much at the size that they wanted him to be. He could possibly gain four or five pounds, but they want him to stay around what he's at now. So they were excited about that, they didn't realize he was as big as he is. He weighs 192, and they said between 195 and 200, 200 being the max."

Oregon head coach, Chip Kelly, also took some time on Sunday to bond with the 6-foot-1 athlete and his dad.

"We talked to Coach Kelly for about an hour and ten minutes," Allen reveals. "Coach Kelly, Devon, and myself talked about the educational opportunities there, and he talked to him extensively about track. I was really surprised about the knowledge that he had about track and field. I guess they are a lot more supportive to the football player/track athlete than I had assumed, which is nice. He was just very, very knowledgable. He asked a lot of questions and gave us a lot of answers."

Overall, the interaction with Kelly and staff left Mr. Allen impressed.

"I know what I thought, he says. "I thought that it was probably going to be a weekend of talking with the track coach and maybe spending five minutes with the football folks. But they definitely told us that they're interested in Devon. One of the things that both Coach Frost and Coach Kelly brought up, is that they didn't realize Devon blocked as well as he does. They said that he's an outstanding blocker and they want to utilize that. They pretty much said that in order to be a good receiver at Oregon, you have to be a good blocker."

Still, the four-star recruit does not yet hold a football scholarship offer from the Ducks.

"They basically said they just have to look at what the options are," Allen explains. "They're looking at holes at other positions they want to fill and they don't know if they'd be able to offer him a football scholarship right now. It does sound like that's the way they're leaning, but they haven't said for sure. The coaches are kind of throwing out a time frame of a few weeks, to determine what they'll be able to do. It sounds like they're leaning towards a scholarship though. It looks real promising.

"Coach Frost basically said to me that he's doing everything he can do to influence the coaches to take Devon. He envisions him being a return guy for punts and kickoffs right away."

The Allens left Eugene on a high note, although the dual-sport athlete still has an important decision impending.

"He's also still looking at UCLA, Stanford, Florida State, and even Arizona State," Allen reports. "Mostly those four though (UCLA, Stanford, FSU, Oregon), I'd say are very high on his board. The conversation we had on the way home was that it's a good problem to have.

"They're all really big, really good programs. You look at Oregon and Florida State, in relation to track and field, they're both top five teams. In the track aspect of things, Florida State and Oregon are going to be really hard to beat. UCLA's track looks like it's improving, and on the football end of things, UCLA, Stanford, and Oregon are obviously powerhouses. But Devon doesn't have a football scholarship for Oregon yet, so it's one of those things that you want to let play out a little bit, that way you know for sure what his options are."

In addition to his recent Eugene trip, Allen has taken official visits to UCLA and Florida State, and may still have another trip upcoming.

"Coach Anderson and Coach Hamilton from Stanford are coming for a home visit tonight, so I know we'll have some more detailed conversations with them, says Allen. "We're still thinking about making an official visit there as well."

His dad believes that at this point, Devon is just taking some time to breathe and take it all in.

"I think right now he's just trying to digest everything he's seen," Allen states. "He's just really trying to weigh his options. I think he'd like to make his decision sooner than later."

"When it's all said and done, it will be his decision," he adds.

The decision will fall on Devon's shoulders, but he won't be making it without advice from good old dad.

"You look at these programs, and I, as his father, am just in awe at the interest that these schools have taken in my son. I know he's a special kid, but it's humbling, to say the least.

"I want him to make a decision that he's going to be comfortable with. I just tell him, if football and track weren't there, where would he want to spend four or five years?"

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