It was his basketball prowess that brought him back to Auburn as the Patriots took part in Coach Bruce Pearl’s high school team camp on the Plains, allowing Allen to get another look at the campus and also spend plenty of time with Coach Gus Malzahn in the process.
In between basketball games and time spent with Malzahn, Allen had a chance to relax, see the campus and enjoy Auburn. That was a big deal for him and one of the reasons why he’s planning on seeing the Tigers again sometime before signing day in a more official capacity.
“It went pretty good and it was pretty easy,” Allen said of his recent visit to Auburn. “I just enjoyed myself. I’m trying to live for the moment and not tomorrow because tomorrow isn’t always promised. You just have to make the best of what you have. I really enjoyed my visit to Auburn and I’ll be back for an official at Auburn as well.”
In attendance for most of Allen’s basketball games as well as giving him a personal tour of campus and eating dinner together, Malzahn definitely made an impact on the 6-5, 330 offensive tackle over the weekend.
“That was very important to me,” Allen said of Malzahn’s attention. “It showed that he was very interested. He made time for me. I just want to be somebody at Auburn, just walking around the campus. He actually cares for his players. I hung out with Deon Mix, Marcus Davis and a whole bunch of other guys. We just enjoyed ourselves.”
Willie Allen is a huge offensive tackle prospect with great feet.
While his time with Malzahn was very important for him, Allen said just as important was getting a feel for the players on the team and what they are like away from football. He also wanted to get their feedback on the program, something that came back very positive.
“Hanging out with those guys made it feel like a brotherhood,” Allen said. “I really enjoyed myself there. Whenever they had dinner I had dinner. They made it feel exactly the way Coach Malzahn had it planned. It went great with the guys just spending some quality time with them. I really enjoyed myself.”
While not in prime basketball shape, something he said usually doesn’t happen until later in the season because of his football duties, Allen showed good skill in the post and used his huge hands to finish around the basket. With football only part of his summer plans he said things have definitely been busy for him since his last day of classes.
“Basketball has been all of the month of June in the summer league,” Allen said. “As soon as we get out of school we get two weeks off then we start football workouts. Some kids usually go to camps and stuff, and I went to Alabama first and then Ole Miss. Then I went to Alabama again and then Auburn before going back to Auburn again in June. I was pretty busy this first month.”
Allen plans to keep his busy schedule in the coming months with a trip to Georgia in July as well as trips to TCU and UCLA later in the summer. After that he said he’ll start narrowing his college list during the season so he can try to get things over with as quickly as possible.
As for a timetable for his decision, Allen said he’s not sure when that will come because it will come after much thought, deliberation and prayer. One thing he is sure of, however, is that Auburn is going to be in the mix now that he has seen what the Tigers are all about.
“It will just be whenever God gives me my answer,” Allen said. “I’m not rushing it, I’m leaving it in God’s hands, but you never know.
“It was pretty good,” he added about Auburn. “They made time for me. It wasn’t a whole lot of BS. I spent time with Coach Malzahn’s wife and we all had dinner together in his office. We got to know each other a little bit better. Our relationship is getting better and better every day.”
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