Nixa (MO.) senior tight end Chase Allen is nearing the finish line of his recruitment. After his recent official visit to Michigan last week the Wolverines have clearly separated themselves from the pack and a big reason why was the job tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh did during his trip.
“I would say the job that Coach Harbaugh does in Jay Harbaugh with the tight ends stuck out to me,” Allen told The Michigan Insider. “I mean, he prepares those guys for the NFL system and really did a great job with developing them and teaching them the little tips and tricks that gives players the edge. The only time I've really gotten with just him came on my visit and we watched a lot of film. He had some really cool cut-ups of these different kinds of blocks and he had an NFL guy doing it, then one of his players from last year doing it and a clip of me doing it. It was really cool to see and how he set that all up. He works really hard at what he does and is very good at it.”
“He’s really just a young guy is just like the players, but is very experienced as well being in the NFL. Obviously coaching is in his blood... and I come from a coaching family too, so I understand where he is at with that. He is really just a honest and down to earth type of guy that I would be happy to call my coach.”
Allen admitted he loved every second of his time on his official visit to Ann Arbor and the thought of pulling the trigger to commit did even cross his mind, but wanted some more time to think it over.
“Yeah, the thought of committing came through my mind but I decided I needed to go home and talk to my mom about things and really get the chance to think about it away from campus for a few days and what is best for me,” said Allen.
“I told them that I would love to play for them and that they are my frontrunner, but I had to go home to talk to mom about things and get that input. I decided I needed to take another visit to Nebraska and Iowa State to really have something to compare Michigan to. Michigan is still No. 1 for me.”
While Allen didn’t leave Ann Arbor a Wolverine, his dad however was very much sold on school with all the rich history and tradition behind it.
“He was blown away with the place and of course he was around for the national title when I was born around there in 1997,” said Allen. “He knows all about the tradition and he was kind of acting like a little kid seeing all the great names on the wall being like I remember that and he had a great time. He was able to talk to Coach Harbaugh as well and they have a lot of history.”
With only a few weeks to go until signing day the 6-7, 225-pounder wants to take advantage of the time he has left to compare a few other suitors to the Maize & Blue..
“This weekend will probably be my last chance to visit a school because I have a basketball tournament next weekend, so potentially some time next week I will decide,” said Allen. “I would have visited the last few that I was really considering in this nice little short span and maybe make a decision by then. I hope to have a decision ready by then, but if not, then I can stretch it out a little bit longer.”
Said Allen, “Jay and Jim Harbaugh will be coming to my game Tuesday. I will be taking an official visit to Nebraska this weekend and Iowa State on Monday as well.”
“(The school selected) will really be where it is the right fit for me academically and being able to play at a position that showcases my skill set the best."