Since April, it's been LSU and Florida chasing Alabama for 2017 University Lab (La.) linebacker Chris Allen's commitment. Following a visit to Alabama and then two days at camp with LSU in July, things have changed, Allen told Tiger Blitz after 7-on-7 practice Wednesday afternoon.
"I'd have to say it's a tie between LSU and Alabama."
On the visit, LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and linebackers coach Bradley Dale Peveto got to sit down with Allen and talk about how they'd like to use him in LSU's new 3-4 defense. The meeting left a big impression.
"Beforehand, I didn't know too much about the linebackers coach, but now that I know him and a little bit more from meeting with him in the two camps in July, I'm liking LSU," Allen said. "They like me playing up in the middle on first and second down then off the edge on third downs."
As he closes in on a decision, the differences Allen is looking for are how the two teams play this season and how the linebackers perform in each unit.
"I really want to see how coach Aranda's defense turns out this season and seeing how the two teams play. I also want to see their production at linebacker," the four-star linebacker said.
Allen will official visit to Alabama and Florida and eyes a decision shortly after he's done with his official visits sometime mid-way through his senior year. The Scout100 linebacker says he's happy to see the process coming to a close soon so he can focus on winning another state championship.
"I'm just ready for the season to come and ready to play. I'm ready to see if the work we've put in is going to pay off," Allen said. "Last year, we felt like we didn't play a complete game. Even though we finished the main goal, which was win a state championship. The main goal this year is to have a complete game."
Last year was important for Allen, but as a senior, a state title would mean that much more.
"It'd be pretty big. We were able to win it for our seniors last year so to win it again would be special, ya know? Back-to-back."
The 6-4, 233-pound linebacker is the No. 83 overall player in the 2017 class according to Scout, the No. 5 outside linebacker in the country and No. 1 outside linebacker in Louisiana.