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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 28, ISSUE 4 34 Of Purdue's four offensive line signees, only Allen projects initially to be an interior player, with only Viktor Beach remaining in the program as an interior OL from last year's class. That depth chart cushion could matter over time for Allen should he pan out as the player Purdue hopes he'll become. Purdue does need to ID its next center post-Kirk Barron and right now, Beach seems on track there, but if they give Allen a look in the middle, it could open things up. Height: 6-3 Weight: 290 High School: Doss Hometown: Louisville Senior Stats: n/a C harles Allen was an offensive tackle in high school. But his frame — he'll come in this summer at 6-foot-3, about 290 pounds — likely pushes him into the interior. That's what Jeff Brohm had in mind when Purdue offered Allen early then took his commitment in June. Allen chose the Boilermakers over Miami University then, but might have gotten others, like from hometown Louisville, had he waited. "I think he can play a center or guard position for us," Brohm said on Decem- ber's signing day. "He has some toughness. He played on a solid football team, and I think he'll be a solid football player for us." Purdue wants its interior players to be athletes, able to pull and second-level block. And Allen fits that mold, according to Doss High School offensive and defensive line coach David Edmonson. "For a big-lower-half, big-trunk sort of guy, he does move really well," Edmonson said. "He moves well laterally and has good linear burst. We rolled him out and pulled him, and he could really track DBs (in the open field), and once he got his hands on them, he was a pancake artist." Edmonson said, too, that Allen's cerebral nature made him an important conduit between coach and players. "He was always able to understand concepts," Edmonson said, "and he'd be the one who could put those con- cepts to other players so that they could understand it. "To me his best attribute as a player is his mind. He's very cerebral, smart, with a great football IQ and a hard worker." The Purdue Fit Did You Know? Allen is one of three signees in the Class of 2018 from Louisville. U of L had one. Charles Allen Offensive lineman "A strong, sturdy prospect, Allen has the type of skillset and versatility that could translate to a number of positions along the offensive line. It's that type of versatility that the Purdue staff coveted in going after Allen. So it will be interesting to see where he settles when it comes time to pick a position in col- lege." — Southeast analyst Woody Wommack take Action photo by

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