Iowa Firmly Planted in Allen's Top Four

Jack Allen has set his sight on four finalists as prospective college destinations. Iowa found its way into the group. The 2011 prospect from Hinsdale, Ill. spoke with HI.com about the Hawkeyes and where the process goes from here. Find out what he had to say in this update.

Jack Allen believes committing to a school will be the easiest part of his recruitment. Telling the other programs they're out of the picture will prove most difficult.

"The call to the coaches where I'm going will be good. It's good news," the 2011 lineman said. "Making those calls to tell coaches no will be the hardest thing."

The 6-foot-2, 265-pound Hinsdale (Ill.) Central High product has grown attached to his four finalists - Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Indiana.

"I like all of them," Allen said. "They're all top-notch schools with great coaches. I could see myself playing for each of them."

Allen has visited Iowa three times, including a camp this summer. He's been at Michigan State twice and planned to take a second trip to Wisconsin soon.

"I'd like to see myself knowing where I want to go before the beginning of my football season," Allen said. "I really don't want it getting in the way."

Allen reported that he has completed "90-95 percent" of his research on his final four.

"It's really just a matter of talking with my parents, which I've done a lot, and going over the pros and cons of each school," he said.

Allen plays center and nose guard for Central. He also wrestles, twice finishing second at the state meet. His father, John, is an alum of the grappling program of Purdue.

Iowa invited Allen to last season's Minnesota game.

"We got to eat breakfast and get on the field during warm-ups," he said. "I really like all of the coaches. Coach (Reese) Morgan is a great coach and it was great to work with him at camp. Coach (Kirk) Ferentz is a good guy."

Lester Erb serves as Iowa's lead recruiter for Allen.


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