Chad Simmons

Former Mississippi State commitment Dontrell Allen talks about recent developments in his recruitment.

East St. John standout corner Dontrell Allen committed to Mississippi State following a tremendous showing in the Bulldogs' June camp sessions. After a family tragedy, Allen has elected to back off of his pledge to Coach Dan Mullen and his staff in favor of a locale closer to home, Louisiana-Lafayette. The Bulldogs were in town earlier this week to see if Allen's stance had softened.

"Honestly, I am done with recruiting," Allen said. "I just feel like the best thing for me to do is to stay closer to home and be closer to my family. I just think that's the best thing for me."

Allen reports that he did not notify the Mississippi State coaches of his second thoughts prior to making the change in his college decision, but that he has been in touch with them in the weeks since his college destination changed.

"I have messaged some with Coach (Greg) Knox, but I didn't get the chance to answer the phone when he called me," Allen said. "I appreciate everything the coaches at Mississippi State have done, but I just feel like it's best for me to stay closer to home."

Following Allen's decision to re-open his recruitment, he found out that Coach Mark Hudspeth and his staff were ready to welcome him with open arms.

"I am excited about being a Ragin' Cajun," Allen said, "I am going down there for the final home game this weekend and then they are coming to see me this Sunday. I haven't set up an official visit yet, but I think we're going to do all of that when they come this weekend."

Allen reports that he was told that the Cajun staff had him as the top corner on their board prior to his commitment to Mississippi State. With that knowledge in mind, he knew which school to call once he and his family had to cope with the tragic loss of a family member,

"UL told me that they still had a spot for me and I am thankful for that," Allen. "I am glad that I still have a chance there and I am looking forward to staying close to home and close to my family for college.

"I am not really planning to talk to any other schools anymore. I am just ready to be done with recruiting and all of that."

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