Today, hundreds of high schoolers around the U.S. will sign their National Letters of Intent to various colleges. Below is a piece published on Colts.com last year where tight end Dwayne Allen recalls his memories of National Signing Day.
The constant calls and text messages will cease on Wednesday afternoon for hundreds of high school football players across the nation.
After months of being hounded by college coaches, wined and dined on various campuses, ink will be put to paper on where the next step of their football careers will take place.
For the Colts Dwayne Allen, the memories of his own National Signing Day are vivid.
As a promising prospect out of North Carolina, Allen was on the forefront of nearly every coach in the ACC and SEC when the 2008 signing period came to a close.
Georgia seemed to be the favorite for Allen’s services and how could one blame him for choosing a school with a dozen conference titles and a pair of national titles to their name.
But that glitz begun to wear off late in the process after a final visit to Clemson in late January, the chance to create history for another program was the ultimate selling point.
“That was the vision that I had whenever I chose Clemson over Georgia out of high school,” Allen, who was ranked with the ‘best hands’ in the 2008 tight end class according to Rivals.com, said.
“I wanted to be apart of something and I wanted to help bring the team back in the limelight, instead of just stepping in the limelight.”
Behind a Mackey Award (the nation’s top tight end) senior season, Allen helped deliver Clemson its first conference championship in 20 years.
He had etched his name in the Tigers’ record books but Allen, always the team player, entered the NFL still wanting more.
“I would trade all the accolades, the All-American, the John Mackey, all of it, to win a National Championship at Clemson,” Allen said.
While that goal has come and gone, the next in line remains returning the Lombardi Trophy to the city of Indianapolis.
Allen looked at his rookie season similar to what he experienced during his early years in Columbia, S.C., with the standard of success being the common denominator moving forward.
“To come into this organization after the team went 2-14 last year and to turn it around like we did was unbelievable,” Allen said.
“I’m just so glad to be apart of it.”
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