Part of a series detailing the merits of the players who signed letters of intent for the Dukes on signing day on February 5th, 2014. We’ll be going in alphabetical order (almost) each day, from Allen to Wittig. Let’s get to know the new class of Dukes!
The first player that we’ll be profiling from this recruiting class is tight end Stew Allen, who will come to the Bluff from New Castle, PA. Stew is a tremendous athlete, and is certainly a talented basketball player as well. It would be interesting to see – if he’s redshirted – if he walks on to the basketball team for a year the way that Rich Piekarski did early on in his career as a Duke.
Allen was an all-state selection this past fall, and almost half of his fifteen receptions were touchdown grabs. He was also an effective part of the front seven for the New Castle team.
His highlight video shows a player who can block well, with good hands and good speed for a tight end. He seems to be good at forcing an opposing player out of the play and should be able to take on a pass rusher with ease.
The Dukes haven’t utilized the tight end position much of late as far as their passing offense is concerned, though it would certainly be a nice dimension to add to the scheme. His blocking ability is not in question, though I do wonder if he would continue as a tight end in the Dukes’ system or if he would be converted to a defender or wideout. He certainly has the size to be a good target for the latter, but I don’t know if he has the speed for that role. I think as a pass-catching tight end, he is in his element.
The most interesting element for Stew is his twin brother, Drew. This other Allen, also a talented athlete and a defender, will be heading to conference rival Robert Morris. The New Castle News notes that Drew was very close to coming to Duquesne as well, but elected to go his own way.
“I can’t wait to tackle him,” quipped Drew in the same article.