Denicos Allen Joins Spartan Family

The Hamilton, Ohio, student-athlete says it was the people at Michigan State that made the difference. Allen should fit right in at MSU as an outstanding student and leader who thinks team first.

Spartan Head Coach Mark Dantonio got the word earlier today. Denicos Allen told him he's a Spartan.

Allen visited Michigan State last weekend for the homecoming game against Iowa and was so impressed he canceled an official visit to Wisconsin and ended his recruitment.

Allen, a 6-foot, 210-pound safety prospect said it was the people that made the difference. "I just liked the environment," Allen said, pointing to the family atmosphere coaches and players created on his visit. "It felt like a little piece of home there."

In addition to Coach Dantonio, Allen talked to his future position coach, Harlon Barnett, and also got a chance to speak with players such as Javon Ringer, Otis Wiley and Greg Jones.

Allen said the relationship Dantonio fostered with his high school coaches made his decision easier.

He reports excellent grades and is active in the teacher's academy at his high school, a program that allows him to visit elementary schools and mentor young children.

In college, Allen says he's unsure of a major, but thinks it will either be in education or business.

In high school, he plays a similar, aggressive 4-3 defense, so learning the Spartan system should come easily.

His Hamilton squad is 5-2 and coming off a loss, but Allen keeps his head up as a captain.

"It's a big responsibility," he said of his leadership role. "It's more than just on the team, it's what you do in school, too.

"I have to be a motivator and inspire the other players," he continued. "A lot of them look up to me, so I have to do the right things all the time."

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