FRISCO, Texas — Texas Tech linebacker Dakota Allen became a national celebrity after appearing on the hit Netflix show, Last Chance U. Even a year later, he’s still getting recognized.
“Just a couple days ago, I got recognized at Walmart,” Allen said with a laugh.
Allen played his sophomore season at East Mississippi Community College after being dismissed from Texas Tech. The show had not come out yet when EMCC started recruiting Allen, but playing for a team that has won multiple junior college national championships was attractive.
“I watched it one time,” Allen said. “Everything you saw is what happened. I lived it. That’s why I only watched it one time, because I had already lived it.”
The show details the difficulty that former Division I players face when they go down to the junior college level. Several former elite recruits from schools such as Florida State, Georgia and others converged on tiny Scooba, Miss., in search of reaching the next level once again.
But despite the difficulties, Allen believe the experience was for the best.
“I wouldn’t take anything away because I learned a lot from that experience,” Allen said. “I feel like now I have something to look forward to because of my faith. I also learned whatever you put your mind to, you keep pushing through and eventually you’ll succeed.”
Allen still has a close relationship with many of his former teammates from East Mississippi Community College. He also speaks to Brittany Wagner, who became a star after being featured as a student adviser on the show.
“We have a big snap group text,” Allen said. “I talk to Miss Brittany all the time. The defensive coordinator from EMCC actually texted me about two weeks ago.”
Allen never thought he would be able to play for Texas Tech again after he was dismissed. Now, he returns to lead a defense that made major strides in 2017.
“I’ve been back for a while now, but I’m just glad to be back with my team,” Allen said. “It was humbling. But I feel like it’s something I had to go through.”