The Arizona Wildcats football program just landed a prized transfer in junior college defensive end Josh Allen and while he is sure to make the team’s defense stronger once he suits up in 2016, his reasons for choosing to attend school in Tuscon are a sign of a positive attitude and potential future leader that can thrive in head coach Rich Rodriguez’s system.
Speaking to Matt Moreno of GoAZCats.com, part of Rivals, Allen explained how he decided to join Arizona once he was done at Long Beach City College and his explanation was, well, quite soul-baring!
“It just feels like a home,” Allen told GOAZCATS.com about his decision. “It’s the Pac-12 South and playing in the Pac-12 has always been my dream. I found a school that fits me as a person and as a student-athlete. It has a good campus, good program and the school is great as well.”
“I feel comfortable with them talking to me about the playing time,” he said. “I know that’s part of recruiting, but I’m planning on coming out and working my hardest. From Day 1 and since I met them at the Narbonne camp I just felt the love from all of them and not just the defensive staff.
“I talk to them every week and it just feels like home and after the trip it just feels like home too.”
Allen will play one more season at LBCC before heading to Arizona, associates degree in hand and with immediate eligibility. He had 58 tackles, seven sacks and three fumble recoveries for LBCC last season, and will surely be a welcome addition to a Wildcats defense that ranked 116th in the nation in total defense in 2014, plus 103rd in passing defense despite winning the Pac-12 South Division.
He won’t suit up for another year, but Allen will at least be someone Arizona fans can look forward to having on the squad in the near future.
The Wildcats open the 2015 season at home against Conference USA’s Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners on September 3.
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