Before Nebraska (Aurora HS)
Austin Allen is regarded as the consensus top prospect in the state of Nebraska in the 2017 recruiting class. Allen is a multi-sport standout at Aurora High School who will join the Huskers as a tight end.
The 6-8, 210-pound Allen had his senior season limited by injury, but was part of a Huskie team that posted an 8-3 record and reached the quarterfinals of the Class B playoffs. Before being injured, Allen showed his skills on both sides of the ball for Coach Kyle Peterson catching five passes and making five tackles and two sacks.
In his junior season, Allen starred on both offense and defense. He caught 41 passes for 507 yards and eight touchdowns, helping his team to a 12-1 record and a Class B runner-up finish. Allen also made 51 tackles, including five tackles for loss and had five interceptions from his linebacker position. Allen earned first-team Class B all-state honors as a linebacker from both the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star. Allen was also a three-time first-team all-district selection and was the honorary captain of the All-Heartland team.
Allen also saw significant time as a sophomore for the Huskies, catching 14 passes and helping his team to a state playoff berth. On the basketball court, Allen was a first-team Class B all-state pick as a junior as he averaged better than 15 points per game. He was an honorable-mention all-state choice as a sophomore.
In addition to being the top ranked player in Nebraska, Allen was ranked among the nation’s top 25 tight ends by both Scout.com and ESPN. Allen only visited Nebraska, but also had offers from Iowa, Iowa State, UCLA and UCF.
Allen is the son of Andrew and Renae Allen, and he was born on Nov. 10, 1998. Allen’s father was a walk-on for the football team in 1981, before transferring to Doane College. Allen has also a member of the Aurora National Honor Society and a four-year Honor Roll selection.