Orchard Lake St. Mary's standout Dionte Allen has seen his recruitment really pick up momentum lately. The talented corner prospect recently held offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Iowa and Purdue. That list got a little more crowded, though, when three of the nation's premier programs officially joined the fray.
"I just got offers from Florida State, USC, and Texas," Allen said. "Florida State sent my stuff in the mail. USC called down here the other day to talk to my coach and said that they were offering me a scholarship. Texas did too. I want to go down to Florida State and see what's up. I'm definitely going out to USC too. Pete Carroll is calling over here, so USC is not playing. "
Another coach that has been checking in on Allen is Michigan's newly appointed defensive coordinator, Ron English. The relationship the two have developed over the years was certainly a feather in Michigan's cap, but Allen insists that the Wolverines remained high on his list even when his would-be coach had decided to depart.
"I just talked to Coach English today," said Allen. "He just asked me how I was doing and my doubt. We really haven't talked about him being back or anything like that yet. It wasn't like Michigan really fell with me when he left. It's not like that all. I've always liked Michigan. That was my first experience with a school. Whenever you have a first experience with something it sticks with you. I really didn't care too much. I'm going to ball wherever I go. That's how I feel."
According to Allen, one player that was affected by English's departure was fellow in-state prospect Ronald Johnson. "Me and Ronald talk almost everyday," Allen said. "Ronald was straight up like, 'I'm not messing with Michigan if Coach English is gone.' With him back he is looking at Michigan again, but he is looking down south now too. He kind of wants to go to the same school as me. He has been talking about it. I know we're going to go on a couple of visits together."
Wherever Allen decides to go on his visit trail, he insists that the Maize
and Blue has, and will continue to maintain a very strong position with him.
"Michigan is always going to be up there with me," he said. "Everybody
still comes at me like, 'you're still going to go to Michigan no matter what.'"