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RaShawn Allen: Looking for a Clean Sweep

By Jacob Wakai
EFN Staff
Published: 05/15/2017

Orchard Lake St. Mary’s finished last season in miraculous fashion. A last-second touchdown pass gave them a 29-28 victory over Muskegon and their third straight State Championship. Few teams can say they have won multiple state titles, and even fewer players can say the same. But next season, running back RaShawn Allen will be looking to accomplish something only a handful of players have ever accomplished: a clean sweep, winning four State Championships in his four years at St. Mary’s.

Allen has been on St. Mary’s varsity team since he was a freshman in 2014. While he had limited playing time that season, his role on the team has grown more and more each year. Last season, Allen exploded for 2,131 rushing yards—a school record—and 28 touchdowns. He was a key part of St. Mary’s third State Championship run. Now, looking towards his senior year, his role is expected to grow again.

“My role for the 2017 season is to help lead my team,” said Allen. “This year leadership will be relied on heavily with a younger team. We have a lot of talented younger guys stepping up to the plate this year. As a captain, it is my job to be a great leader.

At 5’9 210-pounds, Allen is an extremely tough runner. He has the strength and balance to break through tackles and the speed to take it to the house. Allen can run in-between or outside of the tackles, and does a good job of being patient, reading his blocks, and then bursting through the hole.

“I would say my strengths would be my vision and low center of gravity,” said Allen. “My vision and awareness allow me to see holes opening and be able to cut naturally. Having a low center of gravity helps me balance and break away from tackles, especially at an angle.”

Allen currently holds offers from Army, Navy, Ohio, Temple, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Youngstown State, and Holy Cross. He is also being heavily recruited by several MAC schools, as well as Purdue, Michigan State, and Vanderbilt.

Schools are also taking notice of Allen’s work in the classroom, and rightfully so. He has a 4.26 GPA and is thinking about studying business or engineering in college.

Despite the hype surrounding him this offseason and the pressure to repeat, Allen is focused on continuing to get better.

“I have been working tirelessly to improve my craft in every aspect,” said Allen. “I’ve been working on route running and slot work to help diversify my game and allow me to be a more productive back.”

It can be tough for players to find the motivation to keep working to get better after having such a successful season that ended in a State Championship. However, for Allen, it just comes naturally.

“My natural competitiveness makes me strive for greatness. I am a very competitive player who competes every time on the field,” said Allen.

Allen has had an unbelievably successful career thus far and will undoubtedly have success wherever he ends up playing in college. But for now, his goals are clear, and he is keeping his eyes on the prize this season.

“My goals for the 2017 season are to win the Catholic League Championship and help my team to its fourth straight title,” said Allen.

Allen’s mission to win a fourth straight title and complete the clean sweep begins on August 24th, when St. Mary’s will take on the Macomb Dakota Cougars at home.