Michigan State the only offer Allen needed

Hinsdale (Ill.) Central junior committed to Michigan State, following his older brothers to East Lansing -- but that was not the biggest selling point for him.

Michigan State was the first offer for Matt Allen and it was the only one that mattered.

The Hinsdale (Ill.) Central junior center almost committed soon after receiving the offer, but instead waiting until after wrestling season. Once he wrapped up – placed second at states – he made the call to follow his brothers, Jack Allen and Brian Allen, to play for the Spartans.

“I’ve always sorta known I wanted to go to Michigan State since both my brothers went there,” Allen said.

The fact he will have a family member on the roster already helped his decision, but it was not the most important factor in his decision. It came back to the people around Michigan State.

”It’s a good coaching staff and everybody there is really amazing,” he said. “When Coach Dantonio called me, he was like, ‘I know this is the place for your brothers, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be the place for you. So you need to make the decision that is right for you.’ It wasn’t as much about my brothers as it was for me.”

The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Allen, who was receiving interest from Nebraska, Purdue and Illinois, also said his style of play reflects that of his older brothers.

“Probably almost identical to Jack in a way, but probably just a little mean than he is,” Allen said. “He is a pretty mean person. I think we all kinda play the same way. We all just work hard and try and get out there and kill the guy across from us. That’s usually what we do best.”

Allen said he has not yet thought about making his own mark at Michigan State, but has seen the high standards set by his brothers previously.

“That’s not the first time that they’ve set high goals,” Allen said. “In wrestling, they both won states. Brian was in the Army All-American game and Jack was one of the top players in Illinois. The standards have been set pretty high. …

”I bet I will make some of my own goals to try and be better than Jack and Brian.”


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