Allen Talks Bulldog Commitment

Mississippi State extended an offer to East St. John (LA) corner Dontrell Allen on Monday. That offer may change the course of Allen's life and the time frame for his college decision. Shortly after leaving the Mississippi State practice fields, Allen was presented with a scholarship offer from the Bulldog coaches. From the sound of things, Allen may not need much time to deliberate.

"Things went great with camp," Allen said. "I really enjoyed myself at camp today. Working with Coach (DeShea) Towsend was a great experience. Anytime you get to work with a two time Super Bowl winner, it's a good experience."

Over the course of the day, Allen learned that Townsend was impressed with his work in the camp drills.

"Coach Townsend told me that he really liked my foot work," Allen said. "He told me that he liked that I was fast. I get that a lot. He talked to me about coming out of my backpedal faster and about how to plant."

Once Townsend's critiques were complete, the Bulldog corners coach delivered some good news to the south Louisiana standout.

"Coach Townsend said you know this is home don't you," Allen said. "He asked me if I knew what that meant and he told me that they were offering me today. They want me to go home and talk things over with my family and see what they have to say about it."

The Bulldogs join a rather crowded field, but are the first SEC school to extend an offer.

"I have offers from TCU, UL (Lafayette), ULM, Tulane, Nicholls, Troy, McNeese (State)," Allen said. "Mississippi State offered today and that's a big one. The chance to play in the SEC makes me feel good. It's the best football conference in all of college football."

Allen reports that the chance to join the Bulldog fold may be too much to pass on.

"I might do it tonight or before the end of the day," Allen said. "I just want to go home and talk things over with my family and then I might have my decision here in the next day or two."


"I decided to go ahead and let Coach Townsend know," Allen said. "I am committed to Mississippi State. I called and talked with my people on the phone.

"They told me that they support my decision 100% and that they just want me to be happy.

Allen elected to stay over in Starkville tonight and learn more about his future college home.

"I am going to be back out there tomorrow," Allen said of camp. "I am going to meet with Coach Mullen again and talk with all of the coaches.

"Coach Townsend said he already knew I was coming. He's excited."

The Bulldogs have dipped down in to south Louisiana and unearthed a hidden gem. The East St. John star reports that he is solid with Mississippi State even if the Bayou Bengals come a calling.

"I am not changing my mind," Allen said. "I am going to be a Bulldog and I am really excited about the future."

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