Posted: 5:32 pm Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
By Jeff Greer
Davonte Allen and Robert Way were two of the most explosive athletes in the county in 2010, and now the Glades Central seniors are taking their talents to Huntington, W. Va.
Allen and Way sent their National Letters of Intent just past 8 a.m. in the morning on Wednesday, helping Marshall secure one of its best recruiting classes in school history. It came as no surprise to Marshall fans that coach Doc Holliday pulled two prospects from the Glades. Holliday has recruited the area for years, and his recruiting coordinator JaJuan Seider is a Glades Central alum. That comfortable feel swayed both Allen and Way.
“It felt like family up there, so I just wanted to bring one of my football brothers up there with me,” said Allen, who transferred from Glades Day to Glades Central before the 2010 season.
Allen (6-2, 185, No. 12 on the Big Board) had a breakout postseason, emerging as Glades Central’s top receiver in the absence of Florida State-bound Kelvin Benjamin, who reached the Florida high school sports maximum age of 19 years and 9 months midway through the season. A second team All-Area selection in the Palm Beach Post, Allen grabbed 23 passes for 602 yards and nine touchdowns.
He had a breakout performance in the Class 2A championship game against Cocoa, when he caught four passes for 95 yards, including a 42-yard catch and run that put his speed, hands and elusiveness on display. Allen can be a deep threat at the college level, and he has the hands to be a good-sized possession receiver. His big-play ability gives Marshall a versatile option for where and how to use him.
“He’s a really athletic guy,” Marshall coach Doc Holliday said. “We see him as an outside threat, but he can really line up anywhere and be effective. We thought all along that he was one of the best receivers in Florida.”
Way (6-2, 200, No. 8 on the Big Board) was one of the most underrated prospects in the area. Armed with the rare combination of strength and quickness, the defensive end set the Glades Central school record for sacks in a season with 24 as a junior. He was the Palm Beach Post Small Schools Defensive Player of the Year in 2009, and followed that breakout year with a First Team All-Area year his senior season in 2010.
Like Allen, Way gives Marshall options. He can rush the passer, drop into coverage and stuff the run. He’s quick enough to play linebacker, and his deceiving size makes him a mismatch when he lines up at defensive end. Some recruiting experts have even projected Way as a safety.
“I’m not sure where he’s gonna play yet,” Holliday said of Way. “All I know for now is that he just lines up anywhere on the field and gets the ball. He’s that kind of talent.”
For now, Way’s just happy to be signed with a school and headed to the next level, especially alongside his buddy Allen.
“It means a lot because my mom always talked about me finishing high school and getting to college,” Way said. “Now I have that chance.”