Dionte Allen’s St. Mary’s basketball team was victorious on Tuesday night, largely being carried by backcourt mate Kalin Lucas and his game-high 31 points. But Allen's role is not that of a scorer. On the hardwood he's relied upon for his leadership and defensive tenacity. The gridiron is where Allen plays the role of a star, and some of the nation’s top college coaches are trying to get him to come and shine for their programs.
It’s rare for southern schools to look up in Michigan, of all places, to find quick defensive backs, but a number of them have done just that. Programs from talent-rich states like Florida and Texas have come in to inquire about the services of the 5’ 11” defensive back.
“Yeah, I’ve been hearing from a lot more schools lately. Miami (FL), Florida State, USC [Southern Cal], Texas, Wisconsin, and Notre Dame have all been talking to me a lot lately. And of course Michigan is still right there too.”
Receiving so many more offers has opened up Allen to a lot more coaches – a few of which stick out as his favorites so far.
“Coach Weis is a real good guy, very down to Earth. And I really like Coach Bowden from Florida State. As far as specific position coaches go, Coach English from Michigan has probably been my favorite so far.”
Speaking of Coach English, Michigan’s defensive coordinator made his way up to Orchard Lake St. Mary’s recently as the keynote speaker at a Father-Son brunch hosted at the school. “It was a real good speech,” said Allen, continuing, “It was just about fatherhood and how important it is and how helpful they [parents] can be in your life and as you grow up.”
Needless to say, while Allen still loves Coach English and the Michigan program, all the attention he’s been garnering from some of the top programs in the country has made him look a bit more at exploring his options.
“Right now, I’m pretty open,” said Allen. “I just want to go take some visits to places like Florida and see what else is out there. So, I wouldn’t say I have a favorite right now."
For now, Allen will concentrate on helping his basketball team make a run at the state championship. But when decision time comes around about where he’ll be spending the next four years of his life, it’s safe to say that he will plenty of options.