Arizona is monitoring several players in the southwest region, including prospects in the neighboring state of New Mexico. One player the Wildcats' coaching staff is monitoring is defensive end Calvin Allen from Albuquerque La Cueva. The 6-foot-6, 240-pounder spent this past weekend visiting the UA campus and left Tucson with a good impression.
"It was good," Allen said. "I went on the campus tour and watched the scrimmage on Saturday and I talked to some of the coaches."
Allen took time to venture around campus on his visit and absorbed the college atmosphere.
"I saw most of the facilities, the different parts of school and the dorms." Allen said.
Allen was in attendance for Saturday's scrimmage and his attention was caught by how intense the session was. He was also impressed with how acclimated the team was to the new coaching staff's system after only a few weeks together.
"I liked it," Allen said. "It was high intensity. They looked good. They were only eight practices in and they looked really good."
Aside from the scrimmage, Allen was able to speak with the Arizona coaching staff on his trip. He would expect to line up on the defensive side of the ball if he chose to go to UA according to what the coaches told him.
"They were just telling me about their system and what their philosophies are and what they were looking for," Allen said. "Coach Rodriguez wants me to play defense but their tight ends coach is also looking at me."
Allen prefers to play on the defensive side of the ball as well, but admits he is open to playing on either side of the ball.
"I'd like to play defense but I am open to anything," Allen said.
The defensive end holds one other scholarship offer and has been hearing from several prestigious college football programs.
"I have an offer from UNM and I get letters from other schools," Allen said. "UCLA, Notre Dame, Colorado, LSU and a few more."
For now, Allen doesn't have any visits scheduled in the near future, but he anticipates possibly visiting a couple of schools in the state of California.
"I'd like to visit San Diego State and maybe Cal," Allen said.
Allen's recruitment may start to pick up steam soon and with more schools showing interest, the battle for his commitment could be a tough one for UA. With such a long period ahead before he has to decide on where he is going to college, Allen doesn't have a timetable on when he wants to choose.
"I don't know," Allen said. "I just want to see how everything goes with the recruiting process and go from there."
Defensive end enjoys visit
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