Prior to leaving Buchholz High in Gainesville, Fla., Allen was a well-known catching prospect that not only excelled in various tournament circuits, but also caught for the Under-16 Team USA squad in 2008.
As a freshman, Allen hit .227 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in 36 games, but was relegated to mostly first base and designated hitter with senior Miles Hamblin and junior Taylor Hightower handling the bulk of the work behind the plate.
Entering the 2012 season, Allen appears to have taken hold of the starting duties ahead of Hightower, junior college transfer Kody Sepulveda and freshman Austin Knight.
Allen’s offensive ability has never been questioned; he carried a slugger’s reputation out of high school after he hit .465 with 28 home runs and 103 RBIs while lettering four years at Buchholz.
Since arriving in Oxford, it’s been Allen’s defense that has been the focal point of his efforts in practice.
And, interestingly enough, it’s Allen’s dependability behind the plate now that has catapulted him into the starter’s role. (February 9, 2012, Page 8)