Four-Star Linebacker CJ Allen Sets Visit to Tennessee

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    Tennessee target CJ Allen has officially announced an upcoming visit to Tennessee this June. The highly-touted linebacker prospect tweeted out on Thursday afternoon that he is locked in for an official visit with the Vols coming up on June 24.

    Allen ranks as a four-star prospect in the class of 2023 according to On3 Sports’ composite rankings. In addition, Allen is also listed as the No. 38 linebacker prospect and the No. 37 player from the state of Georgia.

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    “I feel like Tennessee is building something special,” Allen said while talking to DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell about Tennessee. “I have good relationships with [head] coach [Josh] Heupel and coach [Brian Jean-Mary] and they have been consistent with me through the whole process.”

    The native of Barnesville, Georgia did take an unofficial visit to Knoxville in September for the Tennessee Tech game, but now Allen will be returning in June for an official.

    In his interview with DawgNation, CJ Allen revealed that he actually has four trips planned for the month of June. The visits will consist of Georgia, Oklahoma, USC, and Tennessee, in that order starting the first weekend of the month.

    According to 247, Allen has collected an astounding 30 scholarship offers, showing the wide range of teams that were interested in Allen’s services.

    The 6-foot-2, 217-pound linebacker is a menace on the football field but didn’t limit himself to just one sport in high school. Allen competed in both basketball and track as a junior in high school, racking up an impressive 7.7 points per game on the court and even qualified for sectionals in the 100-meter dash and 110-meter hurdles.

    Allen’s diverse interest in sports carries over to the football field as the talented player has spent multiple years playing both sides of the ball. In both his sophomore and junior seasons at Lamar County Comprehensive, Allen took snaps at linebacker and running back and even played quarterback some during the sophomore season.

    Allen’s natural speed is one of his most standout characteristics as shown by his athletic ability. At the high school level, with Allen playing running back himself, he naturally also has the ability to chase down seemingly any running back from the linebacker position as well. Allen’s speed and quickness are without a doubt a trait that this Tennessee coaching staff likely loves about his game.

    CJ Allen won’t be the only player visiting Tennessee the last weekend of June, though. Tennessee is also expected to host two more defensive players in three-star defensive back John Slaughter III and four-star defensive lineman Hunter Osborne. With more players potentially being added to the weekend down the road, Tennessee is at least hitting all three levels of the defense with these three players alone.

    According to On3 Sports’ Recruiting Prediction Machine, Georgia currently leads the way in Allen’s recruitment, sitting at 43 percent. The Vols aren’t far away though as Tennessee sits right behind Georgia at 27 percent. USC (Cali.) rounds out the top three at 14.1 percent. In addition, Allen’s one Crystal Ball prediction from 247 Sports does pick Georgia.

    According to DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell, four-star linebacker CJ Allen is set to announce his commitment on July 9. The talented class of 2023 prospect from Barnesville, GA will officially visit Tennessee on June 24-26.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.