Allen Calls Mallett a "Junk Talker"

Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's cornerback Dionte Allen may have only made it to Ann Arbor for a half day of camp, but he sure made the most of his time on campus. His strong coverage ability drew praise from the coaches and prompted a challenge from Michigan quarterback commitment, Ryan Mallett.

Dionte Allen didn’t spend very long at Michigan’s summer camp this past week, but in the brief time he was there he made a very favorable impression. The four-star corner prospect arrived on campus Tuesday morning sporting about seven to ten pounds more muscle than he had at last years camp. He also played a very physical style of defense and showed excellent quickness. His strong showing drew the praise from Michigan defensive coordinator Ron English.

“He told me that he liked the way I played,” Allen said of English. “I was kicking it with him for a minute and he said I looked really good out there.”

Allen had to be on top of his game because he often squared off against one of the nation’s top quarterback prospects in Michigan commitment Ryan Mallett. During the morning seven-on-seven session, the two athletes had a spirited competition.

“Ryan Mallett talks a lot of junk,” Allen said laughing. “I like that (laughing). He didn’t know who I was at first, but when he figured it out he was talking junk. He was calling me out. He called me out about seven times. He didn’t complete those passes when he called me out. He kept saying, ‘C’mon D, c’mon D.’ I told him to get his best receiver and let's do it. He didn’t complete one on me. I like Ryan a lot.”

All of the previous conversations between the two standouts centered on Allen joining Mallett as Wolverine. Michigan’s future signal caller has been very persistent in his efforts to contact many of the Maize and Blue’s top targets to entice them to join him in Ann Arbor. Allen has been one of his primary targets, but this time he didn’t spend much time giving a recruiting pitch.

“He didn’t hit me with nothing new,” Allen said, “but I know he wants me to come there.”

Allen indicated that he still plans to visit Florida State this summer…likely in July.

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