NEXT: Anthony Allen

NEXT: Anthony Allen

Tampa Jesuit High School running back and Cardinal commit Anthony Allend is part of the continuing bright future for the Louisville football program. Exclusive ITV Gallery of Anthony Allen is also included.

In late July, the Louisville football coaching staff received the great news that Tampa Jesuit High School running back Anthony Allen was ready to cast his lot with the rising Cardinal program.

"They have a great tradition building there and I wanted to be apart of it," he said at the time of his decision.

At 6-foot, 215-pounds, Allen is the feature back in Jesuit's offensive attack, where he was honored as his team's offensive MVP last year, while also making his presence felt on the defensive side of the ball at outside linebacker.

"Anthony Allen is the guy who makes this team go," said Jesuit head coach Joe Ross. "He hits on all cylinders and he makes things happen for us."

Allen possesses the ability to run with both power and finesse and when he spots a hole he attacks it quickly.

"He's a tough back to stop, because he refuses to be tackled," he said. "He is the complete package."

While Allen rushed for just over 60 yards and two scores in limited action and with U of L assistant coach Jeff Brohm looking on, Allen did more than just carry the ball and stop opposing rushers, when he tossed a 76-yard touchdown pass to secure a road win.

"We put in a new package for him - the option pass - and he threw a perfect strike," explained Ross. "We're lucky to have him and I'm sure he's happy."

With three former NFL players on the Jesuit High School coaching staff, including offensive coordinator Steve Deberg, Allen, who is expected to play running back on the college level, should be well prepared for the transition to major college football.

"Anthony Allen will be a big performer in college," Ross told Inside The Ville. "He'll be a 230-pound running back if he wants to be or he could be a 235-pound linebacker if he wants to be. He has unlimited potential as far as I'm concerned. I may not want to let him graduate."

As his strong senior campaign continues on, Allen said that despite the contining interest from other programs throughout the region, that he is glad his decision is behind him.

"It's a relief that I don't have to worry about where I am going to go to college next year," Allen said. "It felt like home when I went up there and I want to play for a top ten team. "Louisville has everything that I wanted."

All photos © ITV, 2005.

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