"I was excited about Louisville's offer. It's a good offer to have," Allen said.
While some project Allen, also a standout track star, as a safety in college, his coach believes he'll wind up as an athletic linebacker capable of running down ball carriers sideline to sideline. As a junior, Allen racked up 75 tackles, four interceptions and two sacks to earn Butler County Defensive Player of the Year and first team Greater Miami Conference honors.
"I think he's an outside linebacker, some people think safety," said Place. "He's a damn good player and he wants to find the action. And he goes and gets the ball."
Place said Cincinnati has made him a priority. Several Big Ten programs, including Iowa and Purdue, have also offered. And while Allen is receiving a ton of recruiting attention, he's still taking him before he narrows it down and names favorites.
"He's taking it in stride and I don't believe he's thought that far along," Place said.
"I'm keeping it open to everybody," said Allen. Allen said he plans to camp at Ohio State and Michigan State this summer.
"Education is important, the football team and how the program is ran. Just basic stuff like that," Allen said. "I want to go somewhere I can help out at. I plan to make my decision before the start of the season."