On the field, or off, it's easy to mistake Louisville Doss offensive lineman Charles Allen as someone further along in his schooling then just being a sophomore. At 6-foot-4, 295-pounds, Allen has the build and, as a two-year starter, the experience and abilities that match that of his older peers.
Allen began drawing interest from in-state programs, including Louisville, during his freshman season. Interest continued to rise following his performance at the NUC Midwest Five-Star Camp in Hamilton, Oh., last March.
Having attended a camp at U of L, as well as watching a few of the Cardinals preseason practices last season, Saturday's Junior Day visit wasn't his first with the hometown school, but it still left him impressed.
“It was a great visit," he said. "It was more than I expected.”
While on the visit, Allen toured the facilities, attended the Cardinals basketball game at the KFC Yum! Center and learned more about the program's academic goals for its players.
“Whenever I go on a visit, I always look to see how things are academic wise and I really liked how at Louisville a lot of their players graduate as juniors and then are able to start on their masters,” he told Cardinal Authority. “I really liked the tour and the basketball game, of course. It was nuts. It was loud and the fans were really into it with their emotions. It was great.”
In addition to Louisville, Allen has also visited Kentucky "a few times" and has taken a tour at Miami of Ohio, which he described as "real nice". Florida is also among the others expressing a heavy interest.
“Florida is where I'm going next," he said. "They've asked me to come down there in spring time to look at their facilities and see how I like it.”
He was an All-Metro selection following the 2015 season by the Courier-Journal.