Ranked third in the state and 216th in the country, Braelon Allen has tallied nine touchdowns and 249 rushing yards as a running back and safety for the Fond Du Lac cardinals so far this spring.
"A lot of fun just to be back out here with my brothers competing again," Allen said. "We worked hard since this time last year, not sure if we were going to have a fall season or not, but continued to work. Just being back out here is a lot of fun."
After verbally committing to Wisconsin in July, Allen reclassified as a senior in September and signed his letter of intent in December 2020. The gridiron standout says this decision was fueled by the uncertainty surrounding high school sports during the pandemic.
"Covid definitely affected it with the cancellation of the season, not really knowing if I'm going to have another high school season or not," Allen said. "I just talked it over with my family and we thought it was the best decision for me and my future, and I just thought it was best to get there as early as possible and try and make an impact."
Where exactly will he line up for the Badgers is a question that remains.
"Right now, it's been safety for the longest time but right now I think they're starting to think I'll move to linebacker eventually, inside," Allen said.
With Jack Sanborn and Mike Maskalunas returning to Madison in addition to the depth in the box within his own recruiting class... 247Sports insider Evan Flood thinks Allen faces much more competition at inside linebacker than the strong safety he was recruited as.
"On the other end, Wisconsin's two starting safeties this year are both listed as seniors, behind guys like Collin Wilder and Scott Nelson there's a ton of question marks, and I would think that position is way more wide open than what inside linebacker is," Flood said.