Demetris Allen’s offer sheet grew by one this past Saturday after the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) called him up prior to their game versus Southern Miss. A day later, the Hattiesburg High School offensive tackle announced his verbal pledge to the Roadrunners.
On Wednesday afternoon, Allen told Sports601 he is shutting down his recruitment being that he’s 100 percent committed the program.
“I was just going down looking through my list and everything,” Allen said. “I was just deciding where I could really get playing time at, and UTSA was the place to go.”
Allen could not have imagined having a list two years ago. Flash forward to today and the senior is recognized as one of the state’s top offensive linemen. It was announced last month that he will suit up in the Bernard Blackwell Classic All-Star game after Hattiesburg’s 2018 season.
“As a 10th grader, I thought I wasn’t gonna have anything, really,” Allen said. “Then my 11th grade year, I knew I could really do it. My coaches pushed me, and I started working. I just started from there.”
Ben Longmire was hired on as Hattiesburg’s offensive line coach prior to Allen’s junior year in 2017.
“When I first got here, he [Allen] was one of those kids that stood out to me,” Longmire said. “Just his athleticism, his coachability and just how gifted he is as a player.
“His overall body of work has improved immensely since last season. I think that comes with him maturing as not just a young man but also a football player.”
Longmire believes the Roadrunners are getting a steal in Allen, who stands at 6-foot-3 and 295 pounds, according to 247 Sports.
“We have some great linemen in the state of Mississippi, and I don’t think you can take a breath and not mention his name in those number of guys. There are some guys that are really, really special, and I believe he [Allen] is in that number.”
Allen was also offered scholarships by Arkansas State, Louisiana, Memphis, Tulane and UAB. Some of them eventually pulled their offer, citing that Allen had “waited too long”.
“I was like, ‘Next offer, I’m gonna see how their school is looking and see if it’s gonna be a good place for me to go’,” Allen said. “I looked into it and decided I was just gonna commit here [to UTSA].”
Added Longmire, “I think he [Allen] will do great things there.”