Junior College Tight End Julian Allen Thinks Ohio State Offer Is Coming

By Jordan Wagner on May 9, 2014 at 3:00p
Julian Allen

Ohio State failed to land a tight end in 2014 after heavily pursuing eventual Penn State signee Mike Gesicki. Fast forward to 2015 and the Buckeyes are still struggling to land a highly rated tight end. 

The Buckeyes are fighting off the nation's elite programs for top targets Chris Clark and Hale Hentges. They have ground to make up on Miles Boykin and Josh Moore, and they did not offer C.J. Conrad, one of the nation's top tight ends, before the Ohio native committed to Kentucky. 

Ohio State has offered at least six tight ends in the 2015 class. If the Buckeyes miss out on some of their higher rated targets, here's a new name to keep an eye on: junior college tight end Julian Allen

Allen, a 6-foot-4 prospect from Lackawanna (Pa.) Community College, has recently drawn some interest from Ohio State. Some fans might remember Lackawanna as the college of one-time Buckeye targets Jermaine Eluemunor and Parris Palmer. 

As a member of the 2013 recruiting class, Julian Allen was recruited by 15 colleges including South Florida and Central Florida. Allen faced a tough decision after his junior year of high school: as his father described it, his son had no shot at fixing his grades to become an academic qualifier. 

Facing a difficult choice, the senior-to-be decided to earn a GED and go to community college, where Lackawanna offered him a scholarship as a wide receiver.

After his new team suffered a few injuries, the growing Allen moved to tight end. A fractured tibia delayed his goal of becoming a Division I football player, but the injury allowed him to focus on academics. While injured, Allen reported a 3.6 GPA, earning him a spot on the Dean's List. 

After working with a well respected trainer, Allen has bulked up into a 6-foot-4, 235 pound tight end prospect. He runs a 4.49 40-yard dash and boasts a 37-inch vertical jump. His trainer calls him an absolute freak; others call him "the hybrid." In an email, his father said some have started to compare him to a young Kellen Winslow Jr.


The Buckeyes have taken notice of Julian Allen, who has three years to play two seasons. Most schools, including Ohio State, are looking for an instant impact from the JUCO tight end. OSU assistant coach Ed Warinner is scheduled to see Allen in action on Tuesday.

"Yeah, I spoke to [Ed Warinner] a couple of times," Allen told Eleven Warriors. "He told me they are very interested and an offer could be coming soon." 

South Alabama and UAB are currently the only schools to offer the former two-star prospect. Many other schools are showing interest; South Carolina and Ohio State "are both showing a lot of interest," Allen told Eleven Warriors.

Julian Allen isn't ready to make a list of favorites until more schools offer him, but he said he could definitely see himself playing for a school like Ohio State.

In 2015, Ohio State will be down to two scholarship tight ends – Nick Vannett, who will be a senior, and Marcus Baugh. If the Buckeyes miss out on Chris Clark and Hale Hentges, Julian Allen could be an attractive tight end for the Buckeyes.


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thatlillefty's picture

do we need a tight end? save the scholarship

never mind, i guess we do. good reporting, jordan.

jonping67's picture

Urban passes on the #1 TE in Ohio for JC kids? Trust in Meyer and company. I will say, Conrad looked a bit slow on tape.

klfeck's picture

Just wish we would use one more often. 6'4" 250 running across the middle is damn hard to stop.



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Osurrt's picture

Running????? Dude is 235 and runs a 4.49 forty-yard dash. That is nasty for a guy that size.

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livinthedream's picture

"his father said some have started to compare him to a young Kellen Winslow Jr."  - I hope those are football comparisons and not character.

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skid21's picture

 Yet his only offers in high school were South Florida and Central Florida. Those are the schools I'd like my Buckeyes to be competing with for recruits. WTF is going on here?

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teddyballgame's picture

don't sleep on Lackawanna community college bro

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Osurrt's picture

Grades......he wasn't going to get into a college in Division 1

buckeyeradar's picture

Interesting article Jordan.  Where did you find the info for this article?  I know that the coaches are beating the bushes for talent but you had to do your own beating the bushes to get this stuff.  Thanks.  I think if he's worth the scholarship and he has less then four years makes him a good fit for us.

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beserkr29's picture

Measurables are good, though I think he's going to have to bulk up to play in the B1G at TE, like Stoney not too long ago. Has the year to burn, under Marotti he would put on the weight he needs. Or they could plug him in and just accept what happens. 4.49 is serious speed, though. Wow.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Looks like a solid option!  Definitely a player to keep in mind.  I saw bring him in and see if it is a match.

Go Bucks!!

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

What is the problem with our TE recruiting? How do we continue to miss on top ranked guys? 

ScarletGray43157's picture

This player would be a perfect fit in the UFM offense.  It sounds like he has had a couple of years of work on character and responsibility as well as football.  

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TallyBuckeye's picture

Didn't Urban Meyer define the Hybrid TE position at Florida and if anyone is wondering why all the titles are being won down south, its got a lot to do with JuCo recruiting. Gimme this kid all day over a 4 star TE who's balls haven't even dropped yet (and I don't mean footballs). Win Now!


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BUCK3Y3's picture

I'd shoot him an offer. Decent size, but that speed..I've never been to Lackawanna,PA but I did get snowed in at a Best Western in Lackawanna, NY this winter. Which oddly enough is not to far from PA state line.