Tariq Allen: Shades of 2002

Tariq Allen (MacArthur High School)

For Texas fans, it's got to be hard to forget the class of 2002, the class that brought the Longhorns a national title. With Texas now holding 17 commitments from the class of 2009, Orange Bloods are beginning to wonder if this group could repeat that feat. Irving MacArthur linebacker Tariq Allen certainly thinks so.

Tariq Allen and the majority of the Longhorns' 2009 class were on hand Saturday to take in Texas' annual Orange-White game. Allen talked about the Longhorns' new-look defense and gave his overall thoughts on the visit.

"I like the defense that coach (Will) Muschamp is bringing in," Allen said. "It is a very aggressive and attacking defense. I watched all of the linebackers from both the first and second team. I think I learned from watching players on the college level, and I really liked the atmosphere down there."

It appears that the Texas coaching staff used the spring game as not only a chance to get better as a football team, but also to get the 2009 class acclimated with each other as well.

"I got to talk to a lot of the commits," Allen said. "I talked to Patrick Nkwopara, Marcus Davis, Garrett Gilbert, Dominique Jones and Kyle Kriegel. The coaches had Devon (Kennard) with us too. They all seemed like cool guys. Once we get on the field, I think we will be a force to reckon with."

In fact, Allen thinks that this class could be just as special as the class of 2002, which beat USC to win the national title in the 2006 Rose Bowl.

"All of us were together, and we started thinking about the 2002 class," Allen said. "That class was a part of a national championship team, and I think we have all the right tools to compete for a national championship as well."

Allen and the members of the 2009 class also got a chance to talk to Mack Brown during the visit and the Longhorns' head coach had some advice for his future players.

"He told us to keep working and keep our grades up," Allen said.

Allen said that he remained solidly committed to Texas and likely plans on returning to Austin for summer camp.

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