Getting to know new BYU signee, CB Zion Allen (Class of 2022)

Zion Allen (Class of 2022) announced his commitment and signed with BYU on national signing day (February 2, 2022), as reported on Twitter:

Allen is a 6-foot-1 150-pound wide receiver and cornerback that prepped at Manteca High School (Manteca, California).ย  As a senior he had 15 tackles (13 solo) with nine passes defended, and caught nine passes for 190 yards (21.1 avg) and four touchdowns (MaxPreps). ย Allen has also played on the Manteca basketball team and he competes in track.ย  As a junior he ran a 10.89 100-meter and a 22.25 200-meter (Athletic.net), taking the Valley Oak League titles in both events.

Allen is rated 3-stars by 247Sports (0.8317). He was recruited by Colorado State, Idaho, North Dakota, and Sacramento State.

Part of the reason Allenโ€™s recruiting didnโ€™t heat up until late in the process is because he has only been playing football for two years.ย  He showed significant improvement over his senior season, with best games coming at the end of the season.ย  In the Division III final, he had three catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns, including the game winning 59-yard catch-and-run score with just 28 seconds left on the game clock. He also had two tackles and two passes defended in the game.

He will join the Cougs on scholarship for the 2022 season where he was recruited as a defensive back. I caught up with Allen to ask him about his recruiting.

BYU Insider: Why did you choose BYU?
Allen: Because of the family atmosphereโ€”I feel at home there.

BYU Insider: What other schools were showing you love in the recruiting process?
Allen:ย  Sacramento State, Idaho, North Dakota

BYU Insider: What are some of your favorites?
Allen:ย  Rap music, Polo g, and my favorite breakfast cereal is definitely Cinnamon Toast Crunch

BYU Insider: Who is a current player that you seek to emulate on the field?
Allen:ย  I wanna be just like Jalen Ramsey (cornerback for the LA Rams)โ€”he is very inspirational.

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