Yesterday, a report came out that Josh Allen could be a first round NFL Draft pick after this season. The junior pass rusher ranks second in the SEC and fourth nationally in sacks right now, which is pretty incredible for a kid who was just a two-star recruit coming out of high school. The Courier-Journal’s Jon Hale has a nice article out today tracking Allen’s journey, including how he came onto Kentucky’s radar.
Former UK defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley, who was already in Washington, D.C., for a recruiting visit, traveled to Montclair to see Allen. As he and Fiore waited for Allen, who was likely to sign with FCS Monmouth if the Kentucky offer didn’t come through, they got a glimpse of the then 6-foot-4, 210-pound recruit as he walked down the hallway.
“The coach goes, ‘Is that him?’” Fiore said. “I said, ‘Yeah.’ He goes, ‘Call his mom. He’s on a plane at 1 o’clock.’ He hadn’t even been within 75 yards of him.”
From there, Allen flew to UK to take his official visit, and the rest is history. Let’s appreciate him while we can.