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Fresno State’s Allison gets high praise from this famed rapper. Will his draft stock rise?

Fresno State linebacker Jeff Allison is pursuing his dream

After experiencing tragedy, Fresno State linebacker Jeff Allison is pursuing his dream
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After experiencing tragedy, Fresno State linebacker Jeff Allison is pursuing his dream

Outgoing Fresno State linebacker Jeff Allison received quite the endorsement going into the NFL Draft.

Allison was called on social media Friday the “best middle linebacker in this year’s NFL Draft” by longtime rapper Luther “Luke” Campbell of 2 Live Crew.

Now, Campbell might not be viewed as a football aficionado or a well-respected football mind.

And there likely is some hometown bias in his take. (Campbell often proudly represents Miami, which is where Allison is from.)

But it’s also possible that Campbell’s Twitter comment could help draw additional attention Allison’s way. Campbell’s music, after all, was most popular during the 1990s, a time when some NFL executives might’ve listened to the rapper’s songs during their playing days or young coaching careers.

And perhaps an NFL exec follows Campbell on Twitter and decides to look more closely into Allison.

“Jeffrey Allison Fresno State Best Middle Linebacker in this year’s NFL Draft,” Campbell tweeted. “Over 21 tackles against Alabama. Conference D player of the year. Scored in the 20 on the Wunderlich.

“From Miami-Dade County who are the best football players in the world come from.”

The 6-foot, 235-pound Allison projects at best as a sixth-round pick when the draft unfolds Thursday-Saturday with the likelihood ending up as an undrafted free agent, according to Draftscout.com.

Allison, who bypassed his senior year to enter the NFL Draft, led Fresno State this past season as a junior with 132 total tackles to go along with two interceptions, three quarterback hurries and six tackles for a loss.

Allison was named Mountain West defensive player of the year and helped the Bulldogs to a 12-2 record including a 31-20 win against Arizona State in the Las Vegas Bowl.

A prospect analysis of Allison on NFL.com states the former Bulldog’s strengths as “aggressive striker … takes tight pursuit tracks to the football.”

But it also says Allison’s “feet don’t twitch … inconsistent take-on technique.”

Campbell is most known for his music, which includes 2 Live Crew hits “Me So Horny” and “Hoochie Mama.”

His football background includes coaching roles at the youth and high school level in the Miami area.

And “Uncle Luke” has long been tied to the University of Miami football program, dating to the late 1980s – though, not in the best of lights. Campbell was accused of being involved in a “pay-for-play” scandal, rewarding UM players financially for big plays made in games, which is an NCAA violation.

Campbell has stated on social media that he has ties to NFL players Amari Cooper, Devonta Freeman and Dalvin Cook, to name a few.

About 300 people showed up to pay their respects Friday for rapper Nipsey Hussle during a candle vigil held in downtown Fresno. Hussle was revered not only for his music but his community outreach in South Central Los Angeles.

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Bryant-Jon Anteola is a multimedia reporter for The Fresno Bee, writing stories and producing videos about sports, news and random topics relatable to those in the Fresno area. He’s won a McClatchy President’s award and received honorable mention by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He enjoys sports because of the competition, camaraderie and energy, and views sports as a microcosm of society.


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