We’ve known for a while that Derrik Allen is a really good football player. The Georgia safety is considered by some the best safety to commit to Notre Dame since Harrison Smith over 10 years ago. This weekend at Nike’s The Opening, Allen made sure that anyone who wasn’t aware of how good he is, knows now with a ridiculous one handed interception.
Here’s the video Allen posted to Twitter that has Notre Dame fans buzzing today.
— Derrik Allen (@DsmoothAllen) July 2, 2017
Reminder, Allen will play safety on collegiate level. The number of safeties that can line up one one one in coverage like that and make that play can be counted on one hand.
Allen is “only” rated as a 4-star recruit currently but there has been some chatter about him potentially getting a 5th star. Plays like this at one of the premier camps for high school players make a good case for that 5th star. Even if he doesn’t end up with it, it is very clear that Notre Dame has a very talented safety on their hands with Allen.
Notre Dame still needs to add more talent around Allen in the secondary in this class, but Notre Dame couldn’t have asked for a better cornerstone for the defensive back class in 2018 than Allen. Notre Dame rarely gets safeties with Allen’s skills (waiting for the inevitable Max Redfield comments) especially one out of Georgia.
And for anyone worrying about how solid of a commitment Allen is, he is reportedly rock solid. A recent visit to Notre Dame in June only solidified his commitment anymore.