Jack Allen, the junior Michigan State center, will see a familiar face this year on his offensive line to say the least as his brother, Brian Allen has committed to the Spartans. Brian Allen was the number four rated center in the nation this year and was the 256th overall rated prospect according to the ESPN top 300 rankings.
This story of the brothers Allen might be similar to when the Florida Gators had the Pouncey Twins(Mike and Maurkice) as both were top level interior lineman, but one played guard and the other played center. It would provide solid and instant chemistry if Brian happens to crack the starting lineup this year.
As far as the scouting reports go, Brian Allen is extremely highly thought of as he is extremely intelligent and athletic and likely will not get a redshirt as he sets foot in East Lansing. Also it’s noted that the younger Allen has a true nasty streak in the run blocking game and will blow open holes for senior running back Jeremy Langford who is poised to have an even bigger year then he did as a junior. He plays stout at the line, taking on and neutralizing power moves and has a fierce initial punch, location and extension. Not to mention he has double read potential which is only seen in the best of the best interior lineman.
What is likely to happen is that Brian Allen will start his career for the Spartans at Guard, then when Jack graduates and likely goes pro he will move inside and take over Center duties where he has excellent exchanges with quarterbacks under center or in shotgun formations. All and all, it should be interesting to see how well the Allen Brothers do together as they should punish the rest of the Big Ten Conference’s defensive tackles for the next two seasons.