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June 1, 2006
Regardless of how many offers he picked up before committing to Texas, South Grand Prairie (Texas) offenisve guard Tray Allen still likes the accolades.
The 6-foot-4, 305-pounder received his Rivals.com five-star ranking Tuesday morning, and even though his recruiting is wrapped up with his pledge to the Longhorns, the humble Allen was still excited about his rating. He didn't waste any time before talking with a few other UT commits who also received their stars.
"I saw it yesterday and as soon as I saw it, I called John Brantley," Allen said about his ranking. "I talked to him for a while. We just talked about how we were both ranked five-star guys and how we can't wait to play together. We're geared up for the camp this weekend and we just can't wait to hang out with the other commits."
The five-star ranking may be just one of many accomplishments for the highly touted Allen, but it still meant a lot to see his profile lit up.
"To me it's a great accomplishment," Allen said. "I know how I've worked hard and it's an honor to be looked at like that by Rivals.com. We've got other five-stars coming in with (John) Chiles and Brantley, and it's good to know that you're coming in with a great class.
"By the time we get ready to play, it's going to really be something."
Allen even said he didn't think he'd make five-star status.
"I thought I'd be a four-star," he said with a laugh. "I figured I may not be big enough or something."
Currently, the talented Allen is keeping busy with only being out of school for a few days. When he's not working out and preparing for his senior season, the senior-to-be umpires little league baseball games.
"Well, I was a 10-pound baby, so no one ever thought I'd be that small," he said. "I remember I took a picture with my cousin who's the same age when we were little, and I was a full head bigger than him. Seeing the little league players around, it's kind of fun to watch the little guys run around and just try to remember to be like that."
Academics haven't fallen off the radar, either.
Allen says that even though he'll graduate earlier than expected, it won't be a December departure. In February, Allen will leave South Grand Prairie but won't be able to make it to Texas for spring practice.
However, getting to the camp this weekend to hang out with his fellow offensive linemen will definitely keep him excited about the future. Doing some recruiting of his own isn't out of the question either.
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