ALLEN RAYLEN SHARPE

Allen senior Raylen Sharpe strolls into the end zone during a District 9-6A football game against Plano West.

Less than 24 hours apart, Allen seniors Raylen Sharpe and Cole Latos have locked up a crucial piece of their football futures.

On Monday, Latos – a standout defensive lineman for the Eagles – announced a verbal commitment to Rice. One day later, Sharpe – in line to quarterback Allen this season – pledged to Rice.

Although he'll be entering his first season as Allen's starter behind center, Sharpe saw as much time as any backup quarterback in the state last season – passing for 388 yards (on a 70.8 completion percentage), rushing for 640 more and totaling 15 touchdowns in relief of alum and Ole Miss freshman Grant Tisdale.

Of note, the signal-caller's touchdown total ranked fourth on the team and he averaged nearly 14 yards per carry. In addition to SMU, Sharpe had received offers from Arizona, Army, Air Force and Holy Cross before opting to stay within the Metroplex.

Latos, meanwhile, also served in a backup capacity during his junior campaign but didn't lack for on-field action as part of the Eagles' deep defensive line. Deployed for 311 snaps last year (13th on the team), Latos racked up 32 tackles and a sack. The defensive end, who also had offers from Illinois State and Incarnate Word, doubles as a standout hitter on the Allen baseball team, leading the club in home runs (five) during the 2019 season.

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