Every recruit knows college coaches will try anything in their power to receive their signature come signing day. The recruits understand this is just part of the process. West Monroe High School product Jordan Allen had the opportunity to choose from just about any university in America, but in July, he chose LSU.
Nearly six months have passed since the 6-foot-6, 250-pound defensive end offered his verbal pledge to head coach Les Miles and according to Allen, he is glad the process is coming to an end.
“I don’t know if I am excited, nervous, or maybe both at the same time,” Allen said of knowing signing day is just a couple of weeks away. “I think it’s really good stuff to know that when it is all said and done, it will be over and I will be going to LSU. I know once I sign my name, the recruiting honeymoon will be over, and it will be time to get back to work.”
While many seniors are trying to hold on to their high school careers, the four-star prospect is impatiently awaiting the next chapter of his life and he will get a sneak preview of it this weekend when he takes his official visit to Baton Rouge.
“I’m ready to move down there as soon as possible,” Allen said of LSU. “I’m ready to get situated. I am eager about it and it really motivates me to do better in school. Looking back now, I see that my senior year didn’t take long. I can still remember the first day of my senior year.”
Though Allen has taken numerous unofficial visits to LSU since he added his name to the 2010 commitment list – currently ranked No. 5 in the country by Scout.com – he still has plenty on his agenda for the weekend.
“I’m going down there this Friday,” Allen added. “I want to learn as much as I can about the school as far as workouts, routines, and how practice will fit in with my school schedule. I also want to see where I am going to be staying.”
Many recruits stayed in Florida and Texas over the holiday break for various high school All-America games, but Allen was not one of them. Instead, he chose to remain home for the holidays.
“I didn’t go to any of them,” Allen informed. “I know a lot of recruits go there for publicity, and when I first decided not to go, I thought I might have been making one of the dumbest decisions of my life. But then I thought about it, and I decided I was comfortable where I was at. I didn’t need the publicity, and everyone already knew I was going to LSU.”
Another factor that played into Allen’s decision to turn down an invitation to the U.S. Army All-America game was a shoulder injury that required surgery during the spring of his junior year.
“And I didn’t want to have to worry about getting injured, and I needed time to regroup because I took a beating this past season,” Allen continued. “Besides, the only thing I would have really gained by playing in one of those games anyway was maybe I would have been ranked higher on one of the recruiting sites. I’m not interested in that, I’m just ready to get to college.”
By not participating in an all-star game, it gave Allen more time to reflect on his senior season. The nation’s 15th ranked defensive end finished with 60 tackles (50 solos and 10 assists), three sacks and a pair of forced fumbles.
Those numbers were down a bit from the 70 stops, nine sacks and seven forced fumbles from his junior season, but it was good enough to earn LSWA Class 5A All-State honors for the second consecutive year. While Allen’s stats were not as spectacular as previous seasons, he was satisfied with his production.
“As far as self-gratification, I was pleased with the way I played,” said Allen, who helped lead the Rebels to a perfect 15-0 season and state championship. “I was happy with myself because I know I played for my team. Going into this season, I was supposedly some hyped-up defensive end, and in the first couple of weeks, I was really down on myself for maybe not having as many tackles as people thought I would have.
“That was until I talked to Coach Stud,” Allen concluded. “He told me don’t you realize teams are planning their offenses around you. He also said a coach from Catholic High School was down there for a camp, and really praised me and said how LSU was getting a really good defensive end. Hearing that come from an opposing coach really makes you feel good about yourself.”