'Boogie' Allen Loves Iowa City

The Iowa Hawkeyes hosted only one official visitor this past weekend, but a very important visitor it was in Franchot "Boogie" Allen. After losing previously committed cornerback prospect Jay Valai and fellow cornerback target Maurice Moore to Wisconsin over the weekend, there is no question Allen is considered as big of a priority as any prospect in the Class of 2006.

"I liked everything about my visit to Iowa," said Franchot Allen, who was nicknamed "Boogie" from dancing all the time during his childhood. "I wasn't expecting everything to be so nice when I got to Iowa. The coaches are all very cool, down-to-earth people. Coach (Kirk) Ferentz has a history of being a great coach, including a lot of NFL experience."

Allen, who also has Michigan State and West Virginia currently on his list, entered the weekend with the options of enrolling mid-semester with both the Spartans and Mountaineers.

That option was not available with Iowa, but his visit to Iowa City did enough that he now knows he will await until next fall to begin classes.

"I was planning on deciding today, but that was because I didn't expect that I'd like Iowa as much as I did. Now, I've delayed my decision to let everything soak in, and I won't be enrolling for spring classes at any school," Allen stated.

During his visit to Iowa, Allen spent a lot of time talking with Ferentz and defensive backs coach (Phil Parker).

"I watched film with Coach Parker and went over their coverages," added Allen, who was hosted by Albert Young. "I like how Iowa allows their corners to have the freedom to run around and make plays. Coach Parker told me he really liked my size (6'1.5 195) at cornerback, and my ability to play man-to-man coverage. He felt I moved my hips real naturally."

"Coach Ferentz told me that they are losing their two starting corners, and I can come in and play right away next year. He also told me that he thought I was a good kid who he wanted a part of the program."

Scout.com will keep you up-to-date with any developments in Allen's decision.


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