Dakota Allen is proving to be one of the biggest redemption stories to come from the Netflix hit series “Last Chance U.”
After returning to the Texas Tech football program following a stint at East Mississippi Community College, the star linebacker immediately reemerged as a leader on the Red Raiders defense and had a stellar year.
Following Allen’s 2017 campaign — which concluded on Saturday afternoon with a loss to No. 23 USF in the Birmingham Bowl — he announced he will be returning to Lubbock for another season.
Allen made his announcement on social media.
Love my team! Love my school! Love these fans! I want to thank all the seniors for a memorable year. With that being said, I will be returning to Texas Tech next season. #TTVE #2018 🏈
— dakota allen (@dakota_allen40) December 23, 2017
Allen finished the season with 92 total tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Allen was booted from the Red Raiders following his standout freshman season after being indicted on a second-degree felony count of burglary. Allen admitted to breaking into the house and taking weapons, before an agreement led to the charges being dropped later in the summer.
Eventually, he was welcomed back to the Texas Tech program after head coach Kliff Kingsbury was satisfied by what he saw from the young linebacker as he tried to bounce back from a terrible mistake that nearly derailed his career.
“He handled his business at the junior college where he went,” Kingsbury said when Allen was welcomed back, via Lubbock Online. “He was a model citizen. We checked up on him every week and those coaches gave rave reviews. Through the justice system, you look at how that played out. It played out in his favor.
“So it was a combination of things. Our belief in him as a person, our relation with him throughout that time, we felt good about it and our athletic department felt good about it.”
Congratulations to Allen on his impressive bounce back year and we wish him continued success as he looks to continue making the most of his second chance.