Former Harrison Central track standout Jerin Allen has signed a scholarship at University of Louisville.
Allen spent the last two years at Hinds Community College, becoming a three-time United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-American selection as a high jumper.
South Carolina and Oklahoma were the other Division I schools Allen considered before choosing the Cardinals. He's expected to run on the Cardinals' relay teams.
"It feels great to land a scholarship," Allen said. "It felt like the right decision was going to Louisville. They have a great track program. Their assistant coach, Joe Walker Jr. coached Brittney Reese at Ole Miss. He's a proven coach and the reason I chose Louisville. Not many people get this kind of opportunities."
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After leading Harrison Central to a Class 6A state track title two years ago, Allen landed at Hinds CC and became a standout. This year, he finished first in the high jump event at the LSU Purple Tiger Invitational, the LSU High Performance meet, the LSU Twilight meet, the Mississippi College Twilight Invitational and the Meridian Community College Relay Invitational. His personal record in the event came at the LSU Purple Tiger Invitational, when his leap of 7'1" was good enough for top honors. Allen also claimed the runner-up spot in the 2016 NJCAA Indoor Nationals. At the Alabama-Birmingham Vulcan Invite as a sophomore, he was named USTFCCCA All-American at the indoor nationals.
During his freshman year at Hinds, Allen won first place honors in the high jump at the LSU Twilight meet and the Meridian Community College Relay Invitational, scoring top-three finishes at the LSU Indoor Invitational and the LSU Alumni Gold meets. He finished fifth in the high jump at the 2015 NJCAA Outdoor Nationals and sixth at the NJCAA Indoor Nationals.
Allen appreciated lessons learned from Harrison Central coach Nekemia Rich and Hinds coach Reginald Dillon.
"Coach Rich taught me how to accept responsibilities for my actions at Harrison Central," Allen said. "I learned the same things at Hinds under coach Dillon. Both schools are big on you learning how to be a man and find success in the real world."