"I just kind of knew the past few weeks, so I decided to do it now," Allen said. "The school is close and a good fit for me and my family.
Allen, a 6-foot-6, 240-pound prospect, is just coming off an unofficial visit to Tucson. It was his second visit to the University of Arizona and he enjoyed it just as much as he did during the first visit. Allen even took the campus tour for a second time.
"It went really well," Allen said. "I talked to some of the coaches and took the campus tour again."
Talking to the coaches was one thing that Allen was looking forward to most. He also got a chance to see plans for the new facilities that Arizona is building.
"I like the coaching staff a lot," he said. "The new facilities that they are building are going to be really nice. I just like everything about Arizona."
Allen has also had good conversations with defensive line coach Bill Kirelawich, most of which revolve around his future role.
"I talked to the defensive line coach and he was talking to me about how I fit in with the team," Allen said. "He was saying that they look for players that are exactly like me for my position."
The latest pitch came in the form of playing time. Allen has a chance to compete right away because 2012 defensive end signee Dylan Cozens has opted to play professional baseball.
"There's a chance for me to come in and play early because they had a guy get drafted by the MLB," Allen said.
What sold Arizona to Allen?
"I'm just looking for the best fit for my family. It's close to where I live," he said.
"It's a good academic school and there's a chance for me to go and play early. They have a high strength of schedule, so if I could go out there and play well, it'd be really good."