Georgia doesn’t get into the northeast often, but it landed one of the best offensive tackle projects in the region Monday.
Patrick Allen, a 6-foot-6 , 282-pounder four-star player from Reisterstown (Md.) Franklin announced he is the newest member of the Bulldogs’ 2015 class.
“It felt like the right school,” Allen said. “It’s a great school and the whole time during season they were on mind. They were recruiting me and I was always thinking about them. …Georgia stood out to me.”
He told Scout.com recently he was focusing on Georgia, Ohio State and Oklahoma, and was looking at making official visits before announcing his decision. However, Allen opted to make a decision prior to the start of his senior season.
Allen recently camped at Georgia, and the way he interacted with the coaches, and the way the players in the program treated him, was all he needed to see to feel comfortable about his decision.
“I got to see the coaching staff and see the program, and it was really cool,” he said. “I have a very strong relationship with (graduate assistant) coach (Dan) Inman , (offensive line) coach (Will) Friend and (assistant) coach (Tony) Ball, and coach Mark Richt.”
In watching tape of the Bulldogs and in speaking with the staff about what is expected from the offensive linemen, Allen liked what he heard.
“They get nasty,” Allen said. “They’re ‘Dawgs so they always hunt. They always play as hard as they can. They always fight.”
Allen comes from a program that is rich in producing Division I talent, but he is the first one heading to an SEC power.
“Oh, man, it’s a great feeling,” Allen said. “You’re playing in the best conference in the nation. I’m really hyped for it. I can’t wait to get down south.”
When it comes to Georgia, though, there is one prevailing thought for Allen.
“Family,” he said. “The team is a family regardless of what happens. They fight for each other all the time.”