The Alabama Crimson Tide were among the first Power 5 football programs to offer 6-foot-6 class of 2017 defensive end talent Michael Allen, pulling the trigger in December. It was a move that surprised the Buford (Ga.) Lanier standout.
Three months later, Allen was back in Tuscaloosa as the defending champions opened up spring practice Friday.
"It was alright, we went on the tour again through the school and the facilities, met with coaches, had position meetings and practice after that," he said.
Several Tide coaches met with the rising-senior, including defensive line coach Bo Davis.
"We were pretty much talking about how I would fit into their defense and how their schedule is," Allen said. "It was with coach Davis. Pretty much, I would be a 6-technique (defensive) end and maybe sometimes playing the 3 (technique)."
The two have been in consistent contact since last football season, when the scholarship offer initially went out.
"It's good," he said of the relationship. "It's gotten way better than when we first started talking."
The atmosphere of the campus, relationship building with the staff and prestige of the program has Alabama in Allen's top group of schools to consider at this early stage.
"It's a good school, they have impressed me, 'Bama is up there," he said.
Allen has several other SEC and ACC programs in the mix as well, schools he is likely to visit in the neat future.