Allen Back at Iowa

Brian Allen enjoyed the atmosphere in Iowa City on Saturday even though the hometown Hawkeyes struggled. The '14 IL OL talked about the stop and his college decision possibly coming early in the new year.

Some fans wonder how a poor performance by the home team might affect recruits in attendance. According to Brian Allen, there's no impact.

The Class of 2014 O-Lineman from Illinois watched Penn State dismantle Iowa, 38-14, Saturday night at Kinnick Stadium. The Hawkeyes have offered him a scholarship.

"One game is one game," Allen said. "Everyone has bad games. It doesn't really matter to me. I don't hold it against them. Penn State played pretty well."

Iowa has courted Allen for some time. He could see beyond a bad night for the Hawkeyes.

"I really like them, especially with how they do with my position," the 6-foot-2, 265-pound Hinsdale Central standout said. "They have everything an offensive lineman would need."

Illinois, Michigan State, Purdue and Wisconsin also have offered Allen a scholarship. Jack Allen, Brian's brother, is a redshirt freshman center with the Spartans.

"I've really been able to get out and see most of the schools I'm looking at this fall," Allen said. "I'd like to get out to Nebraska. That's another school that I've been keeping in touch with."

Allen said, as of now, he plans to choose his school sometime between January and March.

"They're all great choices," he said. "They're all great opportunities. I really can't go wrong with any of them."

Allen was set to visit Wisconsin next week but he and his Central teammates start the playoffs on Saturday.

"I don't know if I'm going to make it out to any other (college) games this fall," he said.

If that's the case, Allen wrapped up this season's tour in a raucous atmosphere at Kinnick.

"It was exciting," he said "Everyone was really into it. I walked through a bunch of tailgates. There were so many people that it was hard to get through.

"It was pretty fun. It was cool to see the stadium fill up with the sections being different colors. They alternated the colors. It was a good time."

Allen spoke with assistants Lester Erb and Eric Johnson during the pre-game warmups.

"I got there a little late, so those were the only coaches I got a chance to talk to," he said. "We just talked about how we were doing. I hadn't seen them since the summer, so it was nice to get out there and catch up."

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