After plenty of twisting and turning, Arizona has its man.
Long Beach (Calif.) Community College defensive end Josh Allen announced his commitment to Arizona on Tuesday afternoon.
“The coaches said they think I can give them different options," Allen said. "I need to get stronger, but I can go in there and play the pass rusher position and also get the edge on the run game.”
Allen has not played in over a year, but recently said that he believes his understanding of the game has grown.
“I’m much more prepared to play than I was even a couple years ago," Allen said. "Sure, I’m stronger, but I just understand the game at a much better level.
"I’ve got good coaches here who have shown me the techniques and best way to use quickness to get past the offensive line and to consistently get in the quarterback’s face. Junior College has been really good to me."
Allen is an interesting story because he actually chose to open up his recruitment in November.
"I've been thinking about it about and just felt like it was time to open things up," Allen said at the time. "I think I committed too soon and I want to get a little further away from home. I think getting away will help me grow up, become a better person and help get to the League (NFL).
"I loved Arizona and the coaches were great with me but I just feel this is the best thing for me. I felt like I had to open things up in order for other schools to know I was serious about them. Now that I'm back on the market, I think things will pick up for me and they already have."
Despite other schools getting involved, Arizona got Allen on campus in January and never gave up with it finally paying off on Tuesday.