Allen Set for Big Game, Visit

Atlantic (Fla.) linebacker Steve Allen has his mind on a big game against Palm Beach Gardens tonight, a contest of two unbeaten teams in Florida's District 10-5A. The winner of Friday night's game will most likely go on to a district championship.

During the calm before the storm, Allen talked to Cyclone Nation Thursday night about his team's district title chances and his recruiting. He's getting attention from in-state schools Florida and South Florida, but has a clear-cut favorite.

"I'm really interested in Iowa State and really love their program," said Allen, who has his lone scholarship offer from the Cyclones. "I really like the way Coach Marty Fine talks. I can't wait to go on a visit to see what Iowa State's all about. I'm looking forward to going to a place where I can enjoy myself and meet the football coaches and football team."

Allen will get an opportunity to visit ISU's campus on an official visit the weekend of Dec. 6. A commitment could be coming soon after. What has him even more excited is that he'll be traveling to Ames with a scholarship offer already in hand, since the Cyclones offered him one last week.

"It was amazing," he said of getting his first offer. "I knew I'd get offered, but didn't know I was going to get offered this early. It made me feel pretty good. I'm going to wait until after my visit (to make any decisions), but so far I have my eyes set on the Cyclones."

The Cyclones would be getting a potential SAM or WILL linebacker with great speed and playmaking ability.

"Iowa State likes my mobility and how I can move and cover a lot of ground," Allen said. "I can pass rush and stop the run, so I'm in there doing it all. They think that I would be a good football player to put into their program."

A 6-foot-2, 205-pounder, Allen plays left outside linebacker for one of the top defenses in Palm County. He has made more than 50 tackles to go along with seven sacks and two interceptions.

Atlantic's defense has played a huge part in 7-0 Atlantic's success this season and held Wellington's Ryan Mills, the second-leading rusher of south Florida's Class 6A schools to just 32 yards on 13 carries one week ago.

"We've been doing that for the past couple of weeks," Allen said. "Our run defense doesn't give anyone more than 100 yards a game. We're doing real well on defense."

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