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Lamar County's CJ Allen is a 3-star LB prospect out of Middle Georgia in the class of 2023. (Jeff Sentell/ DawgNation)

CJ Allen: Elite in-state LB sets commitment date, schedules decision-mapping officials

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s the Intel. This rep has the latest with Lamar County LB C.J. Allen. He ranks as the nation’s No. 42 LB and the No. 480 overall prospect for 2023 on the 247Sports Composite ratings. On3.com has him as a 4-star, the nation’s No. 38 LB and the No. 398 overall recruit.


BARNESVILLE, Ga. -- Christian Jamar Allen was inspired by what he saw Georgia do at the NFL Draft this past weekend.

“It was amazing,” he said. “History made. Just watching those guys reach their dream motivates me.”

Everyone in Lamar County knows him as CJ. His teachers never even use his full name anymore.

Allen has been a target for Georgia inside linebackers coach Glenn Schumann for a long time. That’s because he fits the profile. 3-sport athlete? Two-way player? Explosive? Instinctive? Intelligent?

When schools could reach out to the class of 2023 for the first time back on September 1 of last year, Allen heard from the ‘Dawgs at 12:04 a.m. that morning.

He’s fast and when he sees something he goes for it. Allen is the type of kid that will jump in the cold tub after practice full bore. He won’t wade into it.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder plays football, basketball and runs track. That’s a great formula for a top-tier high school football prospect.

There are large dabs of an old-school vibe here. He wore a Malcolm Mitchell jersey to G-Day last month. It went with the fit. The white shoes with the red laces he had on.

It was also a tip of the cap to “Coach Schu” on the ‘Dawgs. Schumann was assigned to coach with the red team for G-Day. Allen wore those colors to show support for his primary recruiter.

“I had to rep Team Red,” Allen said.

Allen even knew what Mitchell did for Georgia in that big Florida game.

As that intro might indicate, he is not the type to drop top 18s, reduce to a top 12 and bore down to a final five.

“I like being consistent with my process,” he said. “Being honest. and consistent. A lot of people can get caught up in the hype of their recruiting but I treat it like a business. That’s how I look at it. From the start, I kind of had an idea from the jump when I get to know these schools with what they are all about. Even with all the recent changes in the coaches.”

Allen told DawgNation he has four official visits in mind for next month. Those will be to Georgia, Oklahoma, USC and Tennessee, in that order. He also has a commitment date set for July 9.

Wham. Bam. Thank you. Boom. Then that will be that. It is very much a Middle Georgia or South Georgia thing.

“What makes sense for me with my plan is I didn’t want to rush anything,” he said. “I wanted to be smart about it. Just wanted to take my time. The time I have in mind for my decision will be during a dead period. After the official visits in June. So that’s what I want to do.”

He is a technical player.

“What is important to me is doing the little things,” Allen said. “Speed, too. I feel like being able to run sideline to sideline and pick up on things and just to be a smart player is crucial. Linebackers have to be the smartest guys out there on the defense.”

Allen has found a way to be 100 percent within his high school football and athletics program, but at the same time take care of his recruiting journey.

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