Byron Jones (L) and Rockbridge County lineman David Allio (Photo: Lance Hinton/recruit757)
Former North Stafford OL/DL finds new home at Rockbridge County
by Byron Jones, recruit804
David Allio (2021 DE 6-5 265) began his high school career at Division 5 powerhouse North Stafford. He played his freshman season on junior varsity and was able to letter for the Wolverines as a sophomore during their run to the state semi-finals. He was slated to be the starter at offensive tackle for the Wolverines entering his junior season. However, his father retired and moved the family from the hustle and bustle of Northern Virginia to Raphine, Virginia, an unincorporated community in Rockbridge County.
This was a big transition for David. Since the age of five, he grew up playing with the likes of current Penn State running back Devyn Ford, current Indiana wide-receiver Javon Swinton, Virginia Tech commit Shawn Asbury (2021 CB 5-10 170) , and Tevin White (2022 RB 6-1 205) who currently holds 18 Division I offers.
Leaving North Stafford and the guys he grew up with was not an ideal situation for him, but he took it in stride and made a tremendous impact on the football field and wrestling mat at Rockbridge County High School.
In his first season with the Wildcats, Allio earned first team All-Valley District honors at offensive line and second team honors at defensive end. As a wrestler, David won six individual tournaments and finished second at the Class 3 state tournament in the heavyweight division.
After wrestling season, David was back in the gym working on getting bigger, stronger, and faster in hopes of attracting some recruiting interest. Like thousands of student-athletes across the country, COVID disrupted Allio’s recruiting efforts during the spring/summer.
David drove close to three hours attended our Clash of the Titans Showcase where he was able to reconnect with old teammates and get some pent-up frustration out on the field. “It felt good to get back on the field. It’s been quite sometime since I’ve been able to hit someone and get some contact in, so it feels good.”
He continued, “It’s good to reconnect with these guys. They’re definitely a different style of people… I’ve gotten used to the country style of people now and the slower lifestyle but coming back here and seeing my old buddies is nice.”
North Stafford line coach John Harris got the opportunity to work directly with David Allio at the Clash of the Titans Showcase and he raved about the development that Allio showed.
“I loved Coaching Allio. He always worked hard & pushed our vets. Him and Ambrose Asiedu constantly pushed each other. His older brother Jack was a stud at center for us also,” Harris commented.
David informed recruit804 at the showcase that he landed his first scholarship offer last Saturday but he’s not received the green light to share where his offer is from just yet. We intend to continue to keep up with his recruitment as it progresses.
– Byron Jones
The Clash of the Titans was so successful, we’re doing it again! We’ll camp at the River City Sportsplex on August 30. That’s the same venue and the same camp structure for another round. The camp is filling up fast, so jump in as soon as you can! Register here.