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Mon. January 18, 2010 | Izzy Gould | Email

Brennan Allen's whirlwind trip to Las Vegas ended when his plane landed back in Tampa on Monday morning.

Pasco's star kicker said, "It was great. I had a blast."

Allen competed in the eighth annual National Kicking Event at the Chris Sailer Kicking Camp, and judging from the excitement in his voice, he felt good about the experience.

Allen competed in a handful of competitions, and when it was over, felt he held his own.

"I had a stronger leg than the No. 2 kicker in the nation and he's going to Ohio State," Allen said. "...If I continue to use the technique (learned at the camp) I'll be deadly."

Allen and 300 kickers from around the country competed in various competitions from field goals to kickoffs to punts.

Allen's greatest obstacle was to prove he could kick field goals consistently off the turf. In high school, most kids, including Allen, use a tee.

In the end, Allen nailed field goals from various marks including 50 yards. But it was his kickoffs that stood out, he said.

"I was the first one to kick it into the end zone," Allen said. "I had two out of six in the end zone, the others were inside of five. They got all excited...only three kids out of 300 kicked it into the end zone."

Allen's hope was to increase his exposure and ultimately to secure a football scholarship. So far, he has an offer to play football and baseball from Iowa Western Community College. He received an offer to play for West California Community College, though the school does not offer scholarships. There also has been some interest from N.C. State and Bethune-Cookman.

"It was a really good experience," Allen said. "I got to see what I'm up against in the nation. I know I definitely have the leg to kick it in Division I. It was a boost of confidence for me. It was only the second time I kicked off the ground. It was awesome."

igould@tampabay.com

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