Allen Is A Spartan

Saturday kicked off with a bang when Michigan State picked up the commitment of Hinsdale Central (Ill.) offensive lineman Brian Allen.

Just hours before Michigan State spring game, Hinsdale Central (Ill.) offensive lineman Brian Allen decided to commit to the Spartans.

But what will he bring to Michigan State? Core 6 Athletes offensive line coach Mike Jones has coached Allen for the past several years and expands on that very subject.

"What makes Brian unique as a center prospect is the aggressiveness and what he brings from his wrestling background," Jones said. "You simply dont find that and you cant teach that."

"It is something that is really just unique to him and his brother from what I have seen through the years," Jones said. "He is one of the nations top heavyweight wrestlers and he brings that same offensive mentality when he plays on the field."

He continued, "Which for an offensive lineman is getting harder and harder to find."

Allen's brother, Jack, plays for Michigan State and that relationship was a big part of the recruiting process for Allen.

"Brian knows Michigan State better than anybody," Jones said. "I have never actually been to MSU but I do plan on going to see both Jack and Brian now. Brian has been there so many times since Jack has been there so he knows the people there, he knows the coaches there."

He added, "There was no doubt in my mind that Michigan State is a good fit for him because he knows the school so well."

Jones has been around both Allen brothers, and although they have many similarities there are also differences in their style of play.

"As football players Brian so far though his junior year in high school is a bit more explosive and athletic," Jones said. "Just the way he plays defensive line and changes directions. He just shows more potential and is a little bit more of a flashy player on film because he is more athletic."

He continued, "At this age, Brian is much bigger than Jack was. At the end of his junior year he still weighed 235."

And as for if the Spartans were a shoe in for Allen from the very beginning? Jones doesn't think so.

"No, I knew that Michigan State would be in the top two schools for Brian even when he started his recruiting process early on. So it's not a surprise that Brian followed his brother to MSU," Jones said. "The idea of playing college football with your brother is always intriguing so it's really a unique opportunity to potentially play by your brother on the offensive line in college."

Stay on FOX Sports NEXT for more on Allen's commitment and the Michigan State Spring Game.


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