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Chip Kelly lands speedy RB as his first UCLA commit

By in Press Enterprise on November 29, 2017

By Thuc Nhi Nguyen

It should be of no surprise that Chip Kelly’s first verbal commitment at UCLA comes from a prospect who has “speed kills” written in his Twitter bio.

The head coach who popularized the uptempo attack in college football snapped up a verbal pledge from speedy running back Kazmeir Allen on Wednesday, only two days after Kelly was formally introduced as UCLA’s head coach.

University of California, Los Angeles.

S 1 R O M 8 R I U N. 100% 🐻🏴

— Ka💰meir Allen (@kazmeir_) November 29, 2017

Allen, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound prospect from Tulare, finished sixth in the CIF State championships in the 100-meters with a personal-best 10.48 seconds. On the football field, he has scored 69 offensive touchdowns for Tulare Union High this season (60 rushing, nine receiving) with his undefeated team heading to the state regional football semifinal after winning the Central Section Division II championship.

Allen did not include UCLA in his top six that he posted on Twitter on Nov. 23, but it didn’t take the Bruins long to sway him. Less than 24 hours after receiving his scholarship offer to UCLA on Tuesday, Allen was locked in with the Bruins.

He was also considering offers from USC, Arizona State, Cal, Fresno State, San Diego State and Wisconsin.

Allen is UCLA’s first new commit under Kelly and is UCLA’s 18th known commitment for the class of 2018, although the group may change drastically under the new coaching staff that’s working with an early signing period that starts Dec. 20.

The Bruins already unloaded three-star defensive lineman Niti Liu on Tuesday as he announced on Twitter he was decommiting due to […]    

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