Signing day can be a special moment in the life of a young athlete, but it's also a crucial day for college programs. The Arizona Wildcats pursued prospects from the 2013 class knowing there were several holes to fill across the roster, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
One commit that is looking forward to making his decision to attend Arizona official is defensive end Calvin Allen. The 6-foot-6, 245-pounder from Albuquerque (N.M.) La Cueva committed to the Wildcats back in September, but when did he know Arizona was program he wanted to represent in the world of college football?
"On one of my unofficial visits," Allen said. "I liked the campus a lot and liked all the coaches a lot. The players were cool and their system is a perfect fit."
Since making his decision, Allen has made an effort to get to know his new coaches more. In that timeframe, Allen has bonded with the staff and built an even stronger relationship with defensive line coach Bill Kirelawich.
"It's really good," Allen said. "I talk to Coach Kirelawich probably once a week. I met with Matt Dudek the other day just to go over a few things. Coach Kirelawich is going to come over and go over my letter of intent with me here soon. It's been really good."
It wasn't just the foundation he built with the coaching staff. Allen also saw even more appealing aspects about Arizona that attracted him to the program.
"The way I fit into their program," Allen said. "My high school runs the defense they run. I have a chance to play early and I like the area; it's close to home."
With a defense crying for help and a need for pass rushers at the defensive end position, Allen is a very important commit for Arizona. Allen learned from the UA coaching staff that if he puts in the effort, he could make an impact early on in his college career.
"The coaches told me that, as long as I come in and work hard, that there is a very good chance that I will get significant playing time," Allen said. "The way their defense works, they need to rotate guys in every couple of plays, so I'm excited for that."
Joining a football program on the rise can be an exciting experience for an incoming prospect. Allen saw the growth from the team in 2012 and believes the Wildcats will only get better during his time in college.
"I think we're going to do very well," Allen said. "My class is going to be Coach Rodriguez's first recruiting class and they started five walk-ons on defense last year. Once they start getting their own guys in I think it will work even better than it did last year."
Allen confident in future
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