Future 'Dog Excited

Allen Brown

San Dimas (Calif.) offensive lineman Allen Brown knew exactly what he was going to do if Fresno State head coach Pat Hill offered him during his official visit…

"I knew about them, they were my top pick over [other schools]," Allen Brown (6-4, 270) said about his early interest in Fresno State.

His cousin Porscha Finley played softball at Fresno State so Brown says he was familiar with the Bulldogs.

"The very first time [Fresno State] contacted me Coach [Joe] Wade called me, he asked about my recruiting process."

This past weekend, he took his first official visit to Fresno. Fresno State linebacker Travis Brown and offensive guard Matt Hunt were his hosts on the visit.

"It was amazing," Brown exclaimed. "They answered all my questions and showed me around the campus. The coaches answered my academic questions. They answered where I would live. They showed me the weight room. I talked to the strength and conditioning coach. I talked to the professors. I want to major in kinesiology."

Heading into his visit, Colorado State, Northern Arizona, and San Jose State had offered Brown. Idaho, Montana State, New Mexico, Portland State, UNLV, and Wyoming were showing high interest. While Fresno State showed interest, Brown still wasn't sure if the Bulldogs were going to offer him.

"Going into the trip, if they offered me, I would commit on the spot," Brown said. "I was praying that they would.

"At first, I was really nervous, Coach [Pat] Hill started talking to me [in his office] about how they liked my arm length, athletic ability, and my aggressiveness. Then he said he wants to make me an offer. I said, I accept right there.

"[My family] is happy for me, they're overjoyed. I got so many phone calls after, it was crazy."

Brown played mostly right tackle in high school but Hill sees him at right guard. "They said that I have long arms and I'm quick," he added. "They want me to pull and use my height, weight, and quickness to my advantage."

While he plans to sign in February, he expects to grayshirt in the fall and enroll in the spring.

"After [Coach Hill] offered me, he started talking about grayshirting and how it will be better for body to mature. Coach Hill said because I'm only 17, it would be good if I grayshirted and came in the spring."

Brown turns 18 on Sept. 30. He says he has no problem grayshirting in the fall. As a grayshirt, Brown has to take nine units or less and cannot participate in any team practices and activities until the fall semester ends in December. He says if he grayshirts he would probably still move to Fresno in August and take English and math at a junior college in the fall semester before enrolling at Fresno State in January.

He has an official visit scheduled for San Jose State on Jan. 21, which Brown says he will cancel. He also said Wyoming contacted him after his Fresno State trip. "I told them I committed."

Brown competed at the Nike combine in Long Beach and the Gridiron Football Academy combine last spring. As well, he camped at USC and UCLA. "At the beginning of my senior year, [USC and UCLA] started talking to me then it slowly stopped," he added. "Early on, I had interest in them, but now I wouldn't want to go there and be just another number. At Fresno State, I feel like a person not just a number."

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