Jack Allen Talks About His Pledge To MSU

While Thursday was a day of travel for the Michigan State football team, there was good news other than getting the chance to practice at Ford Field in Detroit. The Spartans, added to their already top class of recruits for the Class of 2011 with the verbal pledge of Jack Allen. SpartanDigest.com spoke with Allen about his pledge.

Jack Allen had seen enough from Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan State to make one of the biggest choices of his young life. Where to attend college. For Allen, the choice was one of taking some of the stress off of his shoulders.

Why did Allen choose today to end his recruitment?

"it is near the start of my season, and I wanted to get some of the stress off of me and not have to worry about it anymore."

While Allen had shortened his list down to the three Big Ten programs, the Spartans are the ones that won the battle for the 6-foot-2, 275-pound three-star offensive lineman from Hinsdale (Illinois) Central High School. What set the Spartans apart?

Jack Allen In The Trenches
Rob Howe, Scout.com
"I just had a real good relationship with the coaches and the players I had a chance to meet. I had a gut feeling that Michigan State was the right fit for me."

While Allen felt good with all of the Spartan coaches, it was the relationship he built with Michigan State offensive line coach Dan Roushar that sealed the deal.

"I really feel I have a good relationship with Coach Roushar. I feel we have gotten to know each other very well, and have built a good personal relationship over the course of the last couple of months as we talked."

While Allen is excited about making his college choice, he knows there is still work to be done and has set team and personal goals to achieve this fall.

"I feel one of my strengths is being tough out on the field and keeping my feet, but I know I need to continue to work on the mental part of the game and make less mistakes. We have been working hard and look for our team to go far in the playoffs this year."

While Jack had a gut feeling the Spartans were the right call, his parents played a huge role in his decision.

"My parents have supported me and they really like my decision. They played a giant role and were the most important people out of anybody during the process."

With a phone call to Coach Roushar, Jack gave the Spartans the news they have been waiting for.

"I called Coach Roushar and could tell they were pretty excited about it. Coach Dantonio was also excited and told me he was excited about me being a member of the Spartan family."

Jack Allen adds to the growing class of quality prospects Mark Dantonio has received verbal pledges from in the Class of 2011. Allen is a player of need and a player with a high skill set for an offensive lineman.

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