Cards gain commit from RB Anthony Allen

Tampa Jesuit High School running back Anthony Allen became the second verbal commitment of the 2006 U of L recruiting class. The 3-star prospect spoke to about his decision to join the Cardinals.

After rushing for nearly 1,500-yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior, Tampa Jesuit High School running back Anthony Allen became a popular prospect among a number of coaches throughout the region.

Scholarship offers were arriving frequently for the 3-star prospect. Programs such as Boston College, Clemson, Georgia Tech, South Florida, Wake Forest and others were making strong attempts to gain the interest of Allen.

However, after making a couple unofficial visits, including a trip to the River City, the 6-foot, 215-pound Allen chose to bring the recruiting process to an end.

"It felt like home when I visited there," said Allen, who also strongly considered Boston College and Georgia prior to making his verbal commitment to Louisville. "They have a great tradition building there and I wanted to be apart of it."

The selection of two Louisville backs - Eric Shelton and Lionel Gates - in the recent NFL Draft provided the Cardinals coaching staff with an advantage in their recruitment of Allen.

"Yes sir, that helped," Allen said. "They have a great offense and I wanted to be apart of it."

While interest from school's around the country will likely continue, Allen told that he's certain of his decision.

"Originally I was going to take my time to decide," he said. "I'm pretty much done with everything now."

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