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March 5, 2014

Signee Q&A: Dakota Allen

The Vital Stats
Name: Dakota Allen
Position: Inside Linebacker
Hometown: Humble, Texas
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 228 lbs.
Ranking:
Humble (Texas) Summer Creek linebacker Dakota Allen is one of the defensive bell-cows of Texas Tech's 2014 signing class. The 6-foot-2, 228-pound standout chose the Red Raiders over offers from Kansas State, Oklahoma, TCU and others.

Allen is profiled below in the latest installment of our signee Q&A feature which we are running on all of the members of Texas Tech's 2014 signing class.

Thoughts and opinions:

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOTBALL PLAYER OF ALL TIME?

"Ray Lewis."

WHAT IS THE BEST FOOTBALL TEAM THAT YOU'VE EVER SEEN, IN PERSON OR ON TELEVISION?

"The Dallas Cowboys in the 90s."


An up-close and personal look:

YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT FROM YOUR FOOTBALL CAREER?

"I remember my very first sack as a freshman."

DID YOU EVER HAVE AN EMBARASSING MOMENT PLAYING FOOTBALL?

"In little league football I used to play running back and there was a time I had a wide open touchdown and I was running and I tripped and fell."

DO YOU HAVE A PREGAME RITUAL?

"Pray to God, listen to music and point at my family in the crowd."

WHEN DID YOU FIRST REALIZE THAT YOU HAD THE POTENTIAL TO BE A DIVISION I FOOTBALL PLAYER?

"I didn't realize it until high school, but my family said they realized it since I was little."


Thoughts on Texas Tech:

WHAT POSITION WILL YOU BE PLAYING AT TECH?

"Inside linebacker."

ARE YOU EXPECTING TO REDSHIRT YOUR FIRST SEASON ON-CAMPUS?

"No sir."

WHAT IS A PERSONAL STRENGTH THAT YOU WILL BRING TO THE TABLE AT TECH?

"I know the game very well and Ive been playing it for awhile. I feel like I could also bring size."

WHAT IS ONE THING THAT YOU NEED TO WORK IN ORDER TO PLAY AT THE NEXT LEVEL?

"Everything."

HOW OFTEN DO YOU WORK OUT AND WHAT IS YOUR ROUTINE?

"I workout Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. What I do each day I work my upper body, lower body depending on the day. Then I work on speed and agility."


Personal preferences:

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?

"I like to go hunting, hang out with friends and family."

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD?

"Hot wings."

DO YOU HAVE A NICKNAME?

"Kota."

HAVE YOU DECIDED ON WHAT YOU WANT TO MAJOR IN AT TECH?

"Petroleum Engineering."

HAVE YOU MET ALL OF THE ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS TO ENROLL AT TECH?

"Yes."


A look at the recruiting process:

WHAT ONE THING WAS THE DETERMINING FACTOR IN YOUR DECISION?

"My dad told me if I go to a place and I like it and I just feel it and I feel like this is what I want, that's how I determined it."

IS THERE A TECH COACH THAT YOU FEEL ESPECIALLY CLOSE TO?

"I can't just single out one guy since I feel close to many -- (Kevin) Curtis, (Mike) Jinks, Wally (Matt Wallerstedt), (Trey) Haverty."

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE MOMENT DURING THE PROCESS?

"Getting offered the scholarships."

WHAT WAS THE WORST PART ABOUT THE PROCESS?

"Making the decision."

DID YOU MAKE FRIENDS WITH ANY CURRENT PLAYERS AT TECH OR INCOMING FRESHMEN DURING THE PROCESS?

"Micah Awe."

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT YOUR OFFICIAL VISIT TO TECH?

"Getting to know my coaches and future teammates."

WHAT SCHOOL WOULD YOU HAVE CHOSEN IF YOU HADN'T SIGNED WITH THE RED RAIDERS?

"TCU."


The future and goals:

WHAT NUMBER WOULD YOU LIKE TO WEAR AT TECH?

"No. 40 because that's my high school number. Ever since I wore it, people said I wear it cause I knock people out. Like, too many of my hits will knock you out like a 40 oz. (alcoholic beverage)."

WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL GOAL FOR THIS SEASON?

"Gotta set the goals high so just hopefully come in a make a difference. Hopefully win newcomer of the year."

WHEN WILL YOU ARRIVE IN LUBBOCK FOR GOOD?

"June 1."



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