The recruitment of Nixa (Mo.) tight end Chase Allen has seen a drastic shift since the first week of December when all appeared calm.
That week, Iowa State entered the mix for the 6-foot-7, 225-pound prospect, joining a group that included Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana and Wake Forest with a decision seemingly likely between Iowa State and Minnesota by mid-January. Within the next few weeks, Michigan, Florida State, Nebraska, Missouri and Oklahoma State offered and shook up the quickly rising tight end’s process.
Now, Allen is nearing a final decision.
“I’m not taking any more visits,” the nation’s No. 21 tight end said. “I will most likely be making a decision from these past three visits sometime this week.”
Those three schools include Michigan (Jan. 15-17), Nebraska (Jan. 23-25) and Iowa State (Jan. 25-26), all of which have received official visits in the past 10 days. Before his final decision comes in the days ahead, Michigan will see Allen’s basketball game Tuesday night when head coach Jim Harbaugh and tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh stop in and Iowa State will be in attendance at Thursday night's game with tight ends coach Alex Golesh and offensive coordinator Tom Manning.
Allen, whose father Terry was an assistant coach at Iowa State from 2002-05 in addition to previously being the head coach at Northern Iowa, Kansas and Missouri State, spent part of his childhood living in Ames and has kept up with the Cyclones since leaving in third grade.
That connection has helped keep Iowa State involved.
“The trip was short but I really had a blast being with the staff and being back in Hilton,” Allen said. “To watch them take down KU was really special too.”
Iowa State quickly identified Allen as a top priority in the class, offering within days of the new staff’s arrival. Golesh had recruited Allen to Illinois and both his first Iowa State recruiting call and visit were to the prized target.
That message was made clear again Monday.
“I got to tour everything and Coach [Matt] Campbell and Coach Golesh got a chance to sit down and talk with me multiple times about how big of a priority I am for them and how I can be a huge piece of what they are trying to build,” Allen said of his return trip to Ames. “They don’t want to change what they did at Toledo, and therefore they need a tight end that can play on the line, flexed and in the backfield. This way they can maintain tempo without subbing, and having size at the position is a matchup nightmare for safeties and linebackers in coverage.”