Looking to Reconnect

Close with the former staff at the University of Wisconsin, Hinsdale (Ill.) Central junior center Brian Allen is looking to build a relationship with the Badgers staff before making his decision.

MADISON - Hinsdale (Ill.) Central junior center Brian Allen has many roots to the Big Ten that is almost seems fitting that his scholarship list is heavily saturated with Big Ten opportunities.

Allen has an older brother, Jack Allen, currently play on the offensive line for Michigan State. He had a grandfather and a great uncle play at Wisconsin. And with so many Big Ten bloodlines, it should have come as no surprise that he already holds offers from Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State and Purdue.

Allen was sitting well with Wisconsin and defensive coordinator Chris Ash, but the coaching shakeup by the three time defending Big Ten champions has left Allen "confused."

"I really liked that staff, so it kind of sucks," Allen told Badger Nation. "It is what it is. I really haven't heard from the new staff, but I have talked to Coach Strickland a little bit. I knew Coach Hammock pretty well when he was there, so those are the only two coaches that remain. We have a pretty good relationship and I reach out to Coach Strickland once to get a feel, but that is when stuff was still going on. It is still a confusing process, but I'm still interested in Wisconsin."

The 6-2, 276-pound center Allen has been traveling, having took an unofficial visit to Iowa last weekend, and will continue to do so with a trip to Indiana this weekend. Allen also sees it as important to return to Madison and meet the new coaching staff.

"I'm going to try to go to Wisconsin to meet the new staff," said Allen. "I'm not sure if I have an offer from Wisconsin based on Coach Bielema gave me it. I look forward to meeting the new staff and seeing what they are like. I'm just excited to meet them and hope I can pick up right from where I left off."

While his junior football season is complete, Allen continues to compete for the school's wrestling team, which he feels keeps him at a high level of conditioning.

"The state (wrestling) series is about to start, so it will be good," Allen said. "I would say that it helps me with balance, more or less, with football, so I have been at it for awhile. It definitely helps. I mean you see countless guys in the NFL were state champs, so you can see how that helps."

Allen hinted that a decision on what school he commits to could come before winter is over, but that he still has more research to do.

"(My decision) will be how comfortable I feel at the school," said Allen. "I still feel pretty comfortable at Wisconsin and other schools. They are definitely one of my favorites, so we will see."

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