Nixa (Mo.) senior tight end Chase Allen thought he was getting closer to figuring out his recruitment and seeing it come to an end. That all changed on Monday as Allen received a surprising phone call from Michigan that threw a wrench into his recruitment plans.
Plans that changed quite suddenly.
“I got a message from Coach Jay Harbaugh on Friday and after watching my film, he really wanted to talk to me,” Allen told The Michigan Insider. “I got a call (Monday) and Coach Jay put me on the line with his dad (Head Coach Jim Harbaugh) and he offered right then and there. I was a little starstruck for a moment, but man am I excited.”
“This came out of nowhere and things can move quickly. This is something I am very excited about and proud of, too. Michigan, Minnesota and Iowa State are the three at the top at the moment. With this Michigan offer, probably more will be coming in soon because that is how recruiting works. Those are the three at the moment.”
With the unexpected offer from the Wolverines, the 6-7, 225-pounder didn’t shy away from expressing high interest in his new suitor and seeing himself as a fit in their pro-style offense.
“Yeah, definitely I am interested,” said Allen. “They are one of my top choices now and with all the history there and the success they have had, it is exciting to potentially see myself being a part of.”
“Yeah, I watched them this season. I love watching Jake Butt play and he is an amazing player, like, All-American. Whenever I watch football, I always keep an eye out for those guys and he is a guy that can do it all. I could (see myself in their offense). I know how versatile they can be and potentially be split out that is something he was talking about. Used as a weapon vertically and stretch the field. I play basketball and that helps a lot with the football aspect as far as going up and getting those jump balls like getting rebounds.”
A major point of emphasis in his recruitment is academics, which makes the Wolverines even more appealing to the talented pass-catcher.
“Academics is a big thing for me,” said Allen. “I have a 4.0 GPA and a 33 on my ACT, so that is a big part of things for me. I am looking for if they got the program I am going for and I know they got a great engineering program, which I plan on going into. I want to get a feel of the school more and the kind of people on the team and talk to the coaches and see how they use me.”
While it is uncertain on whether Allen will visit Ann Arbor due to a busy schedule, he still hopes to check out Ann Arbor and see what the Wolverines are all about before making a decision.
“I have taken one visit to Minnesota, but it is hard to fit visits in with my basketball schedule,” said Allen. I got one scheduled for Iowa State in January, but I have talked with them about moving it, so we will see. Definitely, it is a priority of mine to get up to Michigan and check it out.”
“(My decision) will probably come sometime in January. Ideally I want to visit Michigan, but not sure if they would be willing to wait that long or what the circumstances will be. With this dead period, I will have some time to work some things out and get that kind of map out.”