Keenan Allen is headed to the University of California at Berkeley. And he's taking family and friends with him. The senior football player at Northern Guilford High School signed his national letter of intent with the Pac-10 Conference program this morning in a ceremony in downtown Greensboro.
Joining him will be his half-brother, Zach Maynard, who will transfer from the University of Buffalo; Gabe King, a former Page defensive end who moved to Oregon in September; and Chris McCain, a Northern Guilford teammate.
Allen, a Parade All-America and the News & Record Player of the Year, accounted for 53 touchdowns this season, made 145 tackles and eight interceptions, averaged 43.5 yards per punt and led Northern Guilford to a 12-2 record and its first conference title. He appeared in the U.S. Army All-American Game on national television two weeks ago, forcing two fumbles and nearly running a punt back for a touchdown. Allen was rated the No. 1 safety in the United States by Scout.com, No. 5 overall by Rivals.com and No. 33 overall in the ESPNU top 150.
California went 8-5 in 2009 and lost to Utah 37-27 in the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego. Cal will open the 2010 season at home Sept. 4 against UC Davis.