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Recruiting on the South Plains | 2014 LB Dakota Allen Commits to Texas Tech

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Summer Creek linebacker Dakota Allen became Texas Tech's 18th commitment and first linebacker commitment of the 2014 class.

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PLAYER: Dakota Allen

POSITION: Linebacker
HEIGHT: 6'2"
WEIGHT: 225
FORTY: 4.79
HIGH SCHOOL: Summer Creek (Humble, TX)
VIDEO: Clip 1
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals 5.5 | Scout | ESPN 79 | 24/7 Sports 86
CUMULATIVE RANKING: 0.8520
VTM PROFILE DATE: August 17, 2013

OFFERS | Colorado, Grambling St., Houston, Illinois, Iowa St., Kansas, Kansas St., Louisiana-Layfayette, North Texas, Oklahoma, TCU and Texas Tech

STATS | Per Allen's 24/7 profile, as a sophomore Allen recorded 71 tackles and 1 sack and as a junior he recorded 102 tackles and 10 tackles for a loss.

THE PLAYER SPEAKS | Nothing for free just yet.

UPDATE: Yay! Younger coaches!  Per the DMN, the younger and coaches that can relate to younger players was a factor:

"They’re a different staff than anyone else I’ve ever talked to. TCU, I had a great relationship with the linebackers coach and the head coach, but at Texas Tech it was just all the coaches. I guess it’s because they can relate to us. They’re younger, you know what I mean? We share the same interests. I don’t know, but whatever it was, it drew me to them."

SCOUTING REPORT | It is evident that the stats listed above may not be entirely accurate as there have been a handful of sacks in watching his junior year highlight video. Generally speaking, Allen is probably what this staff sees as your prototypical Bandit linebacker, a stand up defensive end or linebacker type that can play on the edge, can play in pass coverage and can play in space. Heck, Allen could really play a couple of different linebacker spots, maybe even as a weakside linebacker.

Allen plays both on the edge and as a middle linebacker on his film, he does a good job of sifting through the mess on the offensive line to get to the running back. From what I know, Allen is four year starter at linebacker. Allen is very quick off of the edge rushing the passer and can get around most offensive linemen. Allen's also a heck of a hitter at the linebacker spot, and Allen is probably pretty much around the 220 range. If he's really closer to 6'2" and 225, then he could eventually morph into a true defensive end type depending on whether or not he grows or the staff could try to keep him around the 230 or so weight to stay at linebacker.

I think this is a very solid get for Texas Tech. Very solid. It's an impressive offer list, not because of name schools, but when teams like Kansas St. and TCU are offering at linebacker, I'm interested. I want Texas Tech to get to that spot too.

Dakota, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!

The 2014 Class | The first linebacker of this class.

Player Position Ht/Wt School VTM Profile
Patrick Mahomes QB 6-3/198 Whitehouse (Whitehouse, TX) April 24, 2013
Justin Stockton RB 5-9/175 Steele (Cibolo, TX) January 21, 2013
Demarcus Felton RB 5-7/179 Dekaney (Spring, TX) April 18, 2013
Jakari Dillard WR 6-4/185 Princeton (Princeton, TX) August 13, 2012
Cameron Batson IR 5-9/165 Milwood (Oklahoma City, OK) April 23, 2013
Ian Sadler WR 5-11/192 Argyle (Argyle, TX) April 25, 2013
Byron Daniels WR 6-0/170 Madison (San Antonio, TX) May 8, 2013
Deionte Noel OL 6-3/300 Steele (Cibolo, TX) April 17, 2013
Mildren Montgomery OL 6-4/245 Douglass (Oklahoma City, OK) June 4, 2013
Justin Murphy OL 6-8/275 Belton (Belton, TX) June 10, 2013
Robert Castaneda OL 6-5/315 Round Rock (Round Rock, TX) June 10, 2013
Ivan Thomas DT 6-2/270 Lawton (Lawton, OK) June 21, 2013
L.J. Collier DE 6-3/235 Munday (Munday, TX) February 10, 2013
Dakota Allen LB 6-2/225 Summer Creek (Humble, TX) August 17, 2013
Tevin Madison CB 5-10/160 Fayette County (Fayette, AL) April 26, 2013
Derrick Dixon S 5-9/187 Skyline (Dallas, TX) June 19, 2013
Joseph Clark DB 5-9/180 Chapel Hill (Tyler, TX) July 28, 2013
Jah’Shawn Johnson DB 5-10/172 Ennis (Ennis, TX) August 13, 2013