Allen Sees Iowa Again

Brian Allen continued to strengthen his relationship with the Iowa coaches this weekend when he came to Iowa City for a spring practice. The Class of 2014 lineman from Illinois talked about the visit and where things stand with his recruitment in this update.

It's been almost a year since Iowa created news by offering a scholarship to then-freshman, Brian Allen. The Hawkeyes have continued their heavy pursuit of the Illinois offensive lineman.

Allen unofficially visited Iowa for the third time on Saturday.

"I'm getting to know the coaches better each time I go," the Class of 2014 product from Hinsdale Central said. "I had never met (New Hawkeye OL Coach) Brian Ferentz. I got a chance to meet with him and go out to lunch with him. So, that was good."

Brian Ferentz played center at Iowa from 2001-05. He told Allen that he sees him on the interior line in college.

"I liked him a lot," Allen said. "He seems like a really good guy and a good coach. We talked about life most of the time. We talked a little football. He asked me where I saw myself on the line in college."

Allen also holds a scholarship offer from Michigan State. His brother, Jack Allen, will be a redshirt freshman center for the Spartans this fall. He's No. 2 on their most recent depth chart.

Brian Allen has gotten to know Michigan State well but that doesn't mean the Spartans are a lock for his commitment. The Hawkeyes were a finalist for Jack's services and Brian learned about them as well.

"I'm just trying to find the best place for me," Brian Allen said. "Whenever I find that, I plan on committing to that school. I've only been offered by two schools so far. They're both great places. I'm just trying to find out more and more about the schools that are interested in me right now."

Allen said he has visited Michigan State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Northwestern and Illinois.

"I've gotten mail from Oregon and some other schools," Allen said. "I haven't talked to anyone from there. I just get mail from them. I don't feel like I'm really in with them over there."

Allen fits the mold that Iowa seeks in linemen. He is a standout wrestler in addition to being a tough guy up front.

Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz met with Allen for 10-15 minutes in his office on Saturday.

"We talked about football," Allen said. "He asked me questions about wrestling. They've had a lot of success with wrestlers, he was telling me. He likes how they play with leverage.

"They've sent a lot of players like me who wrestle and play football to the NFL. That's important to me. It's nice to know that they have good experience and success with wrestlers like me."

Allen, who finished third in Illinois at 285 pounds this winter, said that he will be taking part in two national wrestling tournaments in the spring. He also plans on attending several one-day football camps in the summer.

I'll go to Iowa, Michigan State, Michigan, Wisconsin and maybe a couple of others," he said. "I'm really trying to get to know the coaches. I don't want to go somewhere where I'm going to have a miserable time. I haven't felt that yet, so that's good."

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