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."
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."