Signee 101: Get to know Notre Dame 4-star S Derrik Allen

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Early Wednesday morning, 4-star safety Derrik Allen officially signed his letter of intent with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

The Irish are getting the big, physical safety they need to help in both run and pass defense with the commitment of the 4-star safety. With him and fellow 4-star defensive back Houston Griffith, the Irish are planning to add major pieces to their secondary during the early signing period.

How Derrik Allen fits at Notre Dame

The Irish are adding a top 10 ranked player at both cornerback and safety, hoping to bolster a secondary that finished 49th in pass defense during the 2017 regular season.

In November, the Irish pass defense was particularly weak. Even though Notre Dame beat Wake Forest, the Irish allowed 348 passing yards to the Demon Deacons. Then in the season finale, the Fighting Irish yielded 8.0 yards per pass and four passing touchdowns against Stanford.

But Allen will also help in run defense. Notre Dame allowed about 153 rushing yards per week, which was also ranked 49th in the country. In the final month of the season, the Irish yielded 4.7 rushing yards per attempt. Allen’s big body in the box could discourage future opponents from running so willfully.

Derrik Allen: Bio, measurements

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 211 pounds

High school: Lassiter (Ga.)

Accolades: Under Armour All-American, The Opening Finalist

Derrik Allen: Recruiting rankings

National: No. 69

Position: No. 7

State: No. 10

Stats: NA

All rankings are according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

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