Florida Prep LB ISU's 18th Commitment

This has already become a solid weekend of recruiting for the Iowa State coaching staff, yet it end up being a lot more productive in the near future. The Cyclones added one of two teammates from the Florida high school ranks they were recruiting hard, and could get the other in a few days.

Del Ray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic linebacker Steve Allen had long coveted ISU and got some affirmation first hand while taking his official visit to Ames this weekend. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder made up his mind in a conversation with head coach Dan McCarney this morning. He is the 18th commitment for the Class of 2003.

"I liked it a lot," said Allen, who made more than 100 tackles for 12-1 state playoff qualifier Atlantic. "I liked the coaches, football team and the city a lot. I'm going to be a Cyclone. I committed this morning. I was talking to the players and coaches. I thought a lot about it last night."

Allen's weekend didn't start much before Saturday because he had to take the ACT before making the trip. But it didn't take long for him to forge a bond with his future teammates.

"It was the players," he said. "They're young, I'm young and I can cope with them. They're just fun to be around and I liked that. Ellis Hobbs was my host player and we hung out with Anthony Forrest, Mike Wagner and Brian Thompson.

"After we ate dinner, we went back to Ellis' apartment and played video games for a little while and watched highlight tapes. Then we decided to go to parties and stuff. I had a good time last night."

Instead of taking visits in the coming weeks to Toledo, Kansas State and East Carolina, Allen will look forward to signing a letter of intent with ISU in February.

"I was supposed to be going to Toledo next weekend, but there's no use for me going now," he said. "I was also going to go to Kansas State and East Carolina, but I'm a Cyclone."

Allen said he plans to major in criminal justice at ISU. He currently has a 2.3 GPA, but says his classes are going very well.

The Cyclones are getting a potential SAM or WILL linebacker with great speed and playmaking ability. Allen played left outside linebacker for one of the top defenses in Palm County, which didn't allow an opponent over 100 yards rushing.

Allen had made more than 50 tackles to go along with seven sacks and two interceptions through Atlantic's first seven regular season games. Atlantic won 12 consecutive games this fall before losing to eventual Class 5A state champion Pompano Beach Ely in the third round.

His teammate, Owens, is big-time safety prospect and number one national player at his position by The Insiders, who visited ISU this weekend as well.

Allen feels good about his long-time friend and teammate joining him in Ames.

"He liked it a lot, too," Allen said. "He wants to commit, but decided to come home and talk to his parents and see how they feel about him going to Iowa State. We're both going to be Cyclones. I already know that. We had a whole bunch of fun this weekend. Ellis and Anthony Forrest are cool.

"Brandon's like my brother. I've known him since we were in the third grade playing youth football. We've been playing together ever since. We're real close."

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