Kazmeir Allen, a 3-star recruit from Tulare Union High School, signed his national letter of intent today at Tulare Union High school. Allen was Chip Kelly’s first offer as a head coach and, almost as soon as he was offered, he accepted and became Kelly’s first commit.
8 Clap!— UCLA Football (@UCLAFootball) December 20, 2017
Welcome to the Bruin family, Kazmeir Allen!#NSD18 | #GoBruins pic.twitter.com/a3s5oX9iti
On Nov. 23, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound prospect from Tulare released a top-six with Fresno State, Wisconsin, USC, San Diego State, Cal and Arizona State. As you can see, UCLA was not even in the mix. However, all it took was Chip Kelly being hired as UCLA’s next coach, and Allen knew what program and coach he wanted to play for.
He made it official on November 29th via Twitter.
University of California, Los Angeles.— Ka meir Allen (@kazmeir_) November 29, 2017
S 1 R O M 8 R I U N. 100% pic.twitter.com/xYqB6c5gPc
The 5’10”, 175-pound Allen broke the national touchdown record during his senior year scoring 72 TD’s in a single-season. He is a dual-threat running back that is able to both run the ball with 255 carries for 3336 yards and 62 TD’s, but also catch the ball out of the backfield as evidenced by his 29 receptions for 833 yards and 9 TD’s.
Allen is know for his tremendous breakaway speed with a 4.59 40-yard dash time, according to ESPN. His speed was noticed by his competition this year as well. According to the Fresno Bee, after Tulare lost 76-43 in the CIF State Division 2-AA Regional Finals to Serra of San Mateo, one Serra player told Allen “You’re the fastest player I’ve ever seen on the football field.”
That breakaway speed is a perfect fit for Coach Kelly’s offense and will be a welcome sight for Bruins fans.
Here are Allen’s 2017 highlights, thanks to MaxPreps.
Welcome to Westwood!