Michigan to have Chances to Impress 4-star OT

Michigan has earned a sudden and surprising place on the leaderboard for 2015 Reisterstown (Md.) Franklin OT Patrick Allen. The four-star standout chatted with GoBlueWolverine recently about his recent interaction with the Maize & Blue, the factors in his upcoming choice, and the timeline for his final decision.

Patrick Allen thought he’d determined his collegiate home last summer, but then the transient nature of college coaching caused him to think about the future all over again.

“I (decommitted from Georgia) because they lost the offensive line coach and offensive coordinator,” Allen explained.  “Now they’ve got a new offensive line coach and offensive coordinator.  It gives me a chance to look at them.”

It also gives him a chance to look at other schools like Michigan. The previous Wolverine staff hosted the four-star offensive tackle on an official visit for their late September match-up with Minnesota.  The presence of the then-Bulldog commit was completely obscured by the Shane Morris concussion controversy.  Despite his front-row seat for that spectacle his initial impression combined with a visit from new Michigan assistant Jay Harbaugh was enough to vault the Wolverines into his final four.

“It’s between Michigan, Oklahoma, Georgia, and Tennessee,” Allen reported. “I’m going to commit on signing day."

Those other visits are definitely fresher in his mind and he has longer standing relationships with their respective staffs (the new Georgia assistants being the exceptions), but he will give the new coaches in Ann Arbor as many opportunities as possible to build a fast rapport.

“Coach (Jay) Harbaugh came down last week,” stated Allen.  “He was talking to me about the school, what they plan on doing with the offense, how they plan on changing things, and stuff like that.”

“Coach (Tim) Drevno is trying to come down this week, and next week I think Coach (Jim) Harbaugh himself is going to come down.”

Those visits and those by coaches from his other finalists are all that’s left to influence a decision.  All of his official visits have been exhausted and he doesn’t plan to take anymore unofficials.  Allen insists he doesn’t know the victor yet, but he knows the criteria he will use to select it.

Said Allen, “I’m looking at the environment, how I feel about coaches, and just the school overall.”

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