West Monroe defensive end Jordan Allen committed to LSU in July and since then he’s taken numerous unofficial visits to the place he will call home for the next four or five years.
Despite knowing about as much one could know about the LSU program, though, the four-star end still got plenty from his official visit this weekend.
“Seeing a lot more about the academics and stuff like that was the biggest thing I got out of the weekend,” said Allen. “I learned a lot about my major and got to see more of the campus and where I’d be living. As far as the athletic facilities go, there’s nothing I hadn’t seen and I know what LSU has is top of the line.”
Allen and his parents made it to Baton Rouge on Friday and he immediately had a sit down with head coach Les Miles where the headman just reiterated how important Allen was to the future of LSU football.
The rest of the weekend consisted of the normal routine that goes along with official visits including meeting with academic advisors, touring the campus and other academic facilities along with the athletic facilities, and spending plenty of time with his player host – Josh Williford – and his future teammates.
The academic side of the visit may have been the highlight of the trip but a meeting with defensive line coach Brick Haley will also stand out with Allen.
There has been talk that Allen, a 6-foot-6, 260-pounder, was destined for a move to offensive tackle. It’s a move that he would be willing to make, but not one that would be his first choice.
After this weekend, though, Allen got some reassurance of what the future may hold.
“Coach Haley’s saying don’t worry about moving to offense,” said Allen. “He says I’m too good of a defensive end to move to the offensive line. He says my speed would be best suited for defense and I’m only going to get faster.”
Over the course of the recruiting process, Allen has met and got to know several of his future teammates. He knows that many are coming in highly regarded and that they made a name for themselves at their respective high schools.
After the past couple of days, he has an even better feel for what the 2010 class already consists of.
“I really do feel good about what we have coming in,” said Allen. “You can see that these guys are pretty athletic and we all seem to have a will to get better. We all have the same goal for when he get here and that is to win national championships.”